Wildfire chars 65 acres in Pembine

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

PEMBINE, Wis. – Details have been released about a wildfire that consumed approximately 65 acres in the town of Pembine on Wednesday afternoon.

Bruce Djupstrom, forester/ranger at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Pembine ranger station, said that the wildfire was caused by a structure fire of an old, uninhabited house and garage off of Ring Lane.

Firefighters were alerted to the incident at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday.

“The fire was reported to the Wisconsin DNR dispatch in Peshtigo by the Michigan DNR,” said Djupstrom. “They had a plane conducting a wildlife survey in Michigan that spotted the smoke and went to investigate it.”

Units from the Pembine ranger station, Wausaukee ranger station, and the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Fire Department responded.

Djupstrom pointed out that the 65-acre fire was on two sides of Headquarters Lake.

Firefighters remained on scene until about 9 p.m. Wednesday, then returned to mop up the area on Thursday, he added.

No one was injured in the fire. Djupstrom said that the cause of the initial structure fire at the uninhabited building remains under investigation at this time.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.