Authorities are investigating whether logging operations may have sparked a massive wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that destroyed dozens of buildings and forced at least 60 people from their homes, state officials said Wednesday.
The wildfire has consumed about 8,700 to 9,000 acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties but is about 95 percent contained, meaning firefighters have largely arrested the spread of the fire, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
“I would say we are really close to having this fire in hand,” DNR spokesman Robert Manwell said Wednesday afternoon. “We are probably going to be here for another 36, 48 hours doing mop up, taking care of hotspots, things of that kind.”
No injuries have been reported in the largest forest fire to hit northern Wisconsin in 33 years, according to the DNR.