By Bill Matthias

Ignited by way of a unmarried fit on April 30, 1977, the 5 Mile Tower fireplace raged uncontrolled for 17 hours. it'd be one of many greatest wildland fires in Wisconsin heritage, eventually destroying greater than 13,000 acres of land and sixty three constructions. As a column of black pine smoke reached excessive within the sky, electorate from Minong, Chicog, Webster, Gordon, Wascott, Hayward, Spooner, Solon Springs, and different groups begun exhibiting as much as support. The grassy box specified as hearth headquarters fast grew to become a hub of job, jammed with vans, institution buses, dozers on trailers, unload vehicles, tanker vehicles, gas vehicles, and enormous quantities of individuals ready to register. extra than 900 got here within the first 4 hours, clogging the line with site visitors in either instructions. Headquarters body of workers labored valiantly to coordinate voters and DNR staff in a buildup of individuals and kit unparalleled within the heritage of Wisconsin firefighting.

 

Based on his personal reports throughout the lengthy conflict, plus dozens of interviews and different eyewitness debts, invoice Matthias provides an in-depth examine the 5 Mile Tower fireplace, the courageous voters who helped struggle it, and the real adjustments made to firefighting legislation and techniques in its aftermath.

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