Wood Pile Fire Turns Into Two Acre Fire

Despite numerous warnings both locally and statewide about the dangers of burning over the weekend, a 4-day old wood pile fire turned into a two acre blaze.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department and Calumet Fire Department were notified Monday, May 9, 2022 just before 6:10 p.m., of an out of control wood pile fire on Cty. Rd. HHH in the Town of Calumet.

Early investigation showed the landowner had been burning a pile of wood scrapes and saw dust on May 5.  The pile had been smoldering for the last few days and was ignited by the strong winds.  The fire spread into the swamp and burned approximately 2 acres.  The barn on the property also sustained minor damage from the fire.

Assisting at the scene were Eden, Lamartine, Mount Calvary, Town of Fond du Lac, Van Dyne, New Holstein, St Anna, Stockbridge, Chilton, Kiel, Potter, Hilbert, Glenbulah, and Greenbush Fire Departments; along with Town of Calumet First Responders and Mount Calvary Ambulance.

County Road HHH was closed for approximately 3 hours due to the fire.  The Wisconsin State Patrol, Calumet County Sheriff’s Office and the Fond du Lac County Highway Department assisted with traffic control.