Monster Fire at Minong

Monster Fire at Minong

Wisconsin's Five Mile Tower Fire of 1977

eBook - 2010
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Ignited by a single match on April 30, 1977, the Five Mile Tower Fire raged out of control for 17 hours. It would be one of the largest wildland fires in Wisconsin history, ultimately destroying more than 13,000 acres of land and 63 buildings. As a column of black pine smoke reached high in the sky, citizens from Minong, Chicog, Webster, Gordon, Wascott, Hayward, Spooner, Solon Springs, and other communities began showing up to help. The grassy field designated as fire headquarters quickly became a hub of activity, jammed with trucks, school buses, dozers on trailers, dump trucks, tanker trucks, fuel trucks, and hundreds of people waiting to sign in. More than 900 came in the first four hours, clogging the road with traffic in both directions. Headquarters personnel worked valiantly to coordinate citizens and DNR workers in a buildup of people and equipment unprecedented in the history of Wisconsin firefighting.
 
Based on his own experiences during the long battle, plus dozens of interviews and other eyewitness accounts, Bill Matthias presents an in-depth look at the Five Mile Tower Fire, the brave citizens who helped fight it, and the important changes made to firefighting laws and procedures in its aftermath.

Ignited by a single match on April 30, 1977, the Five Mile Tower Fire raged out of control for 17 hours. It would be one of the largest wildland fires in Wisconsin history, ultimately destroying more than 13,000 acres of land and 63 buildings. Based on his own experiences during the long battle, plus dozens of interviews and other eyewitness accounts, Bill Matthias presents an in-depth look at the Five Mile Tower Fire, the brave citizens who helped fight it, and the important changes made to firefighting laws and procedures in its aftermath.


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Matthias's account of one of the largest forest fires in Wisconsin's history is based on his first hand experience fighting the Five Mile Tower Fire as well as interviews conducted with witnesses and other firefighters. His hour by hour chronicling of events includes descriptions of wildland firefighting techniques, equipment used, and a great many local names and places. From documents obtained from Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, Matthias was able to list the 1,610 men and women who were on the payroll for the duration of the fire and to mention many of them by name in his narrative, making this work of particular interest to local historians and those personally involved. The volume contains several black and white photographs and a map of the area. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Ă2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780870204722
0870204726
9780870204470
0870204475
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 175 pages) : illustrations, maps

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