By Terry Kovarik
The battle against the type of wildfires burning in the western United States and in Ontario require assistance from across the nation. In the past, that’s included fire fighters from Northeast Wisconsin. Regionally, Wisconsin is part of the Great Lakes Fire Compact, which pool fire fighters and equipment to be dispatched as needed. Chad Gottbeheut, Forest Fire Operations Specialist with the Department of Natural Resources explains how it benefits everyone involved.
As of last week, 34 Wisconsin DNR fire fighters were assisting in the efforts to control the wildfires out west.