By Terry Kovarik
Fire fighters battling wildfires in California and other western states and in the Province of Ontario are getting some help from Wisconsin. Currently there are 34 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire fighters aiding in fire control efforts. The wildfire response is at Planning Level 5, which is one of the highest response levels and involves calling in support from other states. Catherine Koele, Wildfire Prevention Specialist with the DNR says such fires provide a classroom for those called up to respond.
Coele says those who respond work 14-days, most of them with shifts of 12-hours or more as needed.