Merrill Fire Department Facebook

Quick action by firefighters helped to keep a fire from spreading at a Merrill business. 

According to a Facebook post from the Merrill Fire Department Wednesday, the fire was at Star Nails and Salon at 2411 E. Main Street.

Firefighters were called out for what was called a confirmed structure fire.  Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish a growing fire.

Thanks to early detection and early intervention, the Merrill Fire Department says the fire was limited to the room of origin.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Four juveniles have allegedly admitted to the Phillips Police Department that they were involved in a fire that damaged some bleachers at the Phillips Athletic Field Complex Sunday.

The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. The Phillps Fire Department put out the blaze that damaged two rows of bleachers.

Police report no one was around the fire. Later four juveniles were interviewed, and one allegedly admitted to be responsible for setting the fire while others were said to have assisted.

The fire remains under investigation by Phillips Police.

Borderline RV Park Website

Fire destroyed the main building at Borderline RV Park in Land O Lakes. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department got a 911 call at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, reporting that the building was burning.  No one was in it at the time.  Fire crews rushed to the scene 6078 Highway 45 and found fire coming from the roof of the building.  Initial investigation found that lightning struck a tree next to the building, which caused the fire.    

Fire departments from Land O Lakes, Conover, Phelps and Watersmeet responded to the scene, as did WE Energy and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.

Pine Lake Fire Department Facebook

Fire crews needed to reach a difficult spot to put out a bog fire in the Oneida County Town of Pine Lake.

The Pine Lake Fire Department said in a Facebook post that the call came in at 10:20 p.m. Saturday.  Fire crews headed to the blaze near a creek on Pine Lake road.

The fire was difficult to get to.  The department used its small boat along with kayaks from the homeowner who reported the fire.  Once they reached the fire several portable pumps were used along with over 600 feet of forestry hose. 

Marathon County Sheriff's Department

A fire north of Wausau Sunday destroyed a home, but a woman inside got out.

In a Facebook Post, the Marathon County Sheriff's Office says a 911 call came in around 12:45 Sunday afternoon, reporting the fire in the 4000 block of County Highway U in the Village of Maine.

People passing by saw the fire, called 911, and helped the woman inside by guiding her to safety.

The fire engulfed the home shortly before Sheriff's Deputies reached the scene. County Highway U had to be closed for a time while the fire was being fought. No one was hurt.

Fire Hits Irma Home

Nov 11, 2019

It took firefighters five hours to control a fire in the Irma area Monday morning.

No one was hurt, but the fire burned a home and garage on County Highway J.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office believes a portable heater in the garage started the fire.

Firefighters hauled water from a hydrant at the nearby Lincoln Hills School.

Five fire departments helped on scene, including Russell, Merrill, Pine River, Tomahawk, and Little Rice.

A fire Saturday evening destroyed a home and garage in Lac du Flambeau.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the emergency call came in at 6:20 p.m.

The fire was at 731 Cloud Street in the Town of Lac du Flambeau.

When responders arrived, the home and garage were fully engulfed and are a total loss. T

he owners were not at home at the time of the fire. Investigators don't believe the fire was suspicious.

Kim Swisher Communications

The second major fire in a month has destroyed a Three Lakes landmark.

WJFW TV reports a worker smelled smoke last evening and visitors in rooms also reported flames at the Oneida Village Inn.

Fire Chief Dave Kirby reported everyone got out of the building safely. Firefighters battled the flames in subzero cold. It's too early to know the cause of the fire.

The building is said to be a total loss.

On February 13, the community also lost the 3 Lakes Diner to fire.



Fire has extensively damaged a home north of Three Lakes.

Three Lakes Fire Chief Dave Kirby says the home is  on Highway 45 north of Three Lakes. They were called about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews from Sugar Camp, Eagle River, Pine Lake and Stella were also called in. The crews were on the scene for about three hours.

Kirby says they quickly knocked down the fire and contained it. All the occupants and a pet got out safely and no firefighters were injured putting the fire out. No cause was immediately determined and firefighters will be doing more investigation.

Fire has severely damaged a residence east of Rhinelander.

Town of Pine Lake Fire Chief Brian Gehrig reports the department was called just before 6:00 p.m. to 3782 Lake Thompson Road. He says when fire departments arrived, they found heavy fire in the bedroom area of the mobile home and fire underneath the structure. He says they contained the fire to the bedroom area, but smoke damaged the rest of the residence.

Gehrig says the home is owned by the Cinko family, and Frank Cinko is a member of the Pine Lake Department.

No injuries were reported.

Leaders were still assessing how to move forward after an early Wednesday morning fire destroyed the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the county operates the senior meals program out of the center. She says it's their primary goal to get that program running again...

"....we've been scrambling on Wednesday and it looks like Friday of this week we will be able to start home delivered meals again. And our goal is to restart the sit-down diners on Monday...."

Northwoods Residents Help at Washington Blaze

Jul 31, 2014
Suzanne Flory/Submitted photo

Crews from northern Wisconsin are helping battle the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history.

More than 3000 people have been called in from around the country to combat the Carlton Complex, ablaze that started in mid-July. 

Rhinelander resident Suzanne Flory from the U.S. Forest Service is wrapping up a two-week stint at the fire site, serving as a liaison and helping with communication between incident commanders and local government. 

No serious injuries early Friday but a four-unit dwelling is a total loss after a fire at the 200 block of West Hill drive on Rhinelander's west side.

Fire Chief Terry Williams said they got called out about 2 a.m....

"....once we got on the scene, the structure was fully involved. There were five occupants in the structure at the time. All the occupants got out prior to our arrival. Three had to jump from second story windows. There are some minor injuries, some people were transported to the hospital..."