Yesterday afternoon, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office updated their Facebook Page with a photo of a road covered in smoke. The caption read: “Due to poor visibility from a forest fire, please avoid the area of Hwy 12 near Warrens. Do not drive through smoke!” Earlier in the day, they posted on their page reminding folks that we are in a red flag warning due to the heightened danger of fire due to the warm, dry conditions along with the wind.
Also yesterday, earlier in the day, about 10:00am, the Fort McCoy Facebook page posted a prescribed burn notice. It read: “PRESCRIBED BURNS PLANNED TODAY/APRIL 12: The Fort McCoy prescribed burn team today the Fort McCoy will be conducting prescribed burns today on Ranges 2 and up to Range 32. Burn time will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.”
Late yesterday evening, the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office Released this statement: “We are aware of a wildfire in progress on Fort McCoy’s Northeast border. Installation officials are working with local and regional fire departments to ascertain the extent of the fire. Preventing loss of life and property damage is the main priority at this time. Local residents are encouraged to follow their local fire department direction and guidance to evacuate or shelter in place. No further details are available at this time. More information will come as soon as it is available.”
We will update as soon as we know more about the fire containment and acres damaged.