A Lewis County wildfire burned more than a dozen chick coops, a fire truck and threatened several homes before fire crews could contain it, according to state officials.
The Gore Road Fire was burning in area near the 200 block of Gore Road in Onalaska, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Officials have declared a one mile-wide evacuations in area of Gore and Leonard Rd in Onalaska.
As many as fourteen large chicken barns burned to the ground after a hard fight to keep that from happening proved too tough, according to Lewis County fire officials. It’s not known yet how many chickens were lost.
Much of Lewis County is dry and perfect for an accidental fire to take on a life of its own. That’s exactly what happened when what is thought to have been a spark created by a brush hog flamed several fields.
Meanwhile, a 10,000 gallon propane tank was in danger of blowing as crews tried to wet it down the fire got too close. They eventually had to evacuate everyone within a mile radius. In the process they lost a firetruck in the fire.
Luckily, helicopters were able to drop enough water on the propane tank to keep it stable. This all comes as fire rages across the state and resources are thin.
“So we’ve ended up calling every neighbor we can come up with that came into this fire,” said chief Durand McDaniel with Lewis Co. Fire District 8.
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