Sunday, October 27, 2013

10-28-13 marsh fire

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at approximately 2:25 pm, the Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a report of a marsh fire on CTH HHH west of Schoenborn Road in the Township of Calumet. Due to the dry conditions and high winds, the fire spread quickly through the marsh.  The Town of Calumet Fire Department responded and requested mutual aid from 14 area fire departments to assist in containing the fire.  CTH HHH and CTH HH between Schoenborn Road and Townhall Road needed to be closed for a period of time to allow for the fire department vehicles to access and transport water to the fire scene.   Investigation into the cause indicated the fire started from dry cattails being packed up into and around the engine and exhaust components of an ATV which was being operated by a hunter through the cattails.  No one was injured and property damage was limited to approximately 80 acres of cattail marsh.

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