Dedication to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Oak Lake Fire, April 22

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  1. By Northwest Region April 14, 2015

    Contact(s): Rebecca Mouw, DNR ranger, 715-466-2022, or Kevin Harter, DNR communications, 715-839-3715.

    SPOONER, Wis. - To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Oak Lake Fire a kiosk will be dedicated April 22 at the Chicog Fire Hall.

    An open house and dedication will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. with several speakers expected for the 5 p.m. program, including Bill Scott, a Department of Natural Resources ranger at the time, who worked the fire; Rod Fouks, DNR forestry supervisor, who will discuss fire planning and preparations; and Ben Garret, DNR forestry specialist, who will discuss Firewise.

    Firewise is a program that helps landowners and communities prevent damage from devastating wildland fires. More Firewise information and contacts are available at the DNR website,, including "Be Ember Ware," using the key word search "firewise."

    During the dedication ceremony, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Community Wildfire Protection Plan will also be announced. It encompasses the towns of Minong, Chicog, Brooklyn and Frog Creek along with the Village of Minong.

    In addition to the fire kiosk, a granite monument will be placed at the origin of the fire along Lower McKenzie Road.

    By the time the fire northwest of Spooner was extinguished 159 buildings and homes had been destroyed, along with nearly 11,500 acres spanning 13 miles. The day before the Oak Lake Fire, 4,654 acres were consumed in the Ekdall Church Fire.

    There will also be a special appearance by Smokey Bear who will hand out free tree seedlings to the first 50 people. Food and refreshments will also be provided at the event, which is free and open to the public. The fire hall is located 11 miles west of Minong on Highway 77.

    Last Revised: Tuesday, April 14, 2015