Wisconsin logging company to be billed $600,000 for fire

Germann Road Fire
Germann Road Fire, May 14, 2013. Wisc. DNR photo by Phil Miller (click to enlarge)

A Wisconsin logging company will be billed $600,000 for starting the Germann Road Fire that burned 7,442 acres and 17 homes in Douglas County in May. The Department of Natural Resources said Ray Duerr Logging of Rib Lake was negligent in starting the fire with the cutting head on the harvesting equipment and allowing it to spread into adjacent vegetation.

When the DNR and insurance company investigators tested the company’s firefighting equipment water just dribbled out because it had not been maintained.

Our original article about the fire has even more excellent photos taken by the DNR.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Wisconsin logging company to be billed $600,000 for fire”

  1. As a resident of the former state of WI, now known as Fitzwalkerstan, I would be very surprised if this company ends up paying more than a small fraction of this bill.


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