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Vehicle catches fire in Jackson County, driver noticed smoke before pulling over

A vehicle was nearly unrecognizable after it caught fire on I-94 in Jackson County. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, on August 11 around 4:45 a.m. the driver of the truck pulled over after he noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. The right lane on I-94 was reportedly closed while crews worked to put out the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Crews battle large fire at Fort Atkinson tire storage facility

VIDEO: Crews from multiple departments are battling a large fire at the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson. The fire broke out shortly after noon Tuesday and reached five alarms. The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson occupies several large buildings in a former industrial park on Oak Street. The fire consumed a transit warehouse that houses military tires and other chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2021 12:59:11 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Tomah Fire Department to celebrate 150th anniversary

The Tomah Fire Department turns 150 years old in 2021. To acknowledge the anniversary, the Tomah Fire Department is hosting a sesquicentennial celebration Saturday, Aug. 28. The day will kick off with a fire truck parade at 11 a.m. on Superior Avenue in Tomah. The parade will proceed south in the northbound lane.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2021 9:02:36 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Wisconsin Hospitals Prepare To Reopen COVID-19 Units As Hospitalizations Increase

Major health care systems in Wisconsin are moving to reopen COVID-19 units as the number of virus-related hospitalizations in the state continues to rise. Gundersen Health System announced Monday that it would reopen its COVID-19 unit in La Crosse after closing it in April. Bridget Pfaff, Gundersen’s clinical operations director for infection control, said the hospital is already seeing a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Climate change driving wildfires darkening Wisconsin skies

Smoke has been funneling into Wisconsin at an unprecedented level due to wildfires and weather patterns, impacting air quality and sensitive groups. Researchers argue climate change is driving extreme heat that’s fueling wildfires and degrading the air people breathe. Hundreds of wildfires are burning across the western United States and Canada.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press

Weyauwega fire crews help carry severely injured motorcyclist to safety

A motorcyclist was found in a field with severe head injuries after getting into an accident on Saturday morning in the Town of Weyauwega. According to the Weyauwega Area Fire Department, at around 2:41 a.m., crews responded to Highway 10 near the intersection of county road U for reports of a motorcycle accident involving a deer.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Kenosha County water warnings, 2 rescued amid heavy rain

The morning after a powerful storm passed through southeast Wisconsin, members of the Kenosha County Dive Team urged people to avoid large bodies of water until things settle down. "People will think that, ‘Oh, I swim in one of the inland lakes on a regular basis. It’s just a little bit bigger. There’s not a whole lot of difference,’" said Deputy Chief Ben Andersen, Somers Fire & Rescue and Kenosha County Dive Team.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Lightning strike determined to be cause of Elkhart Lake fire

Officials say a fire broke out at an Elkhart Lake building Friday evening. According to the Elkhart Lake Fire Department, crews were called to the 100 block of East Rhine Street at 7:42 p.m. for smoke coming from an upper level apartment. After arriving, crews eventually found fire in the attic area, and were able to quickly put out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2021 11:33:29 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Firefighters battle house fire in Racine

The Racine Fire Department responded to a fire at 1600 Illinois Street Saturday, August 7, after receiving reports of heavy smoke from the location. Racine officials say that upon arrival at the location, firefighters saw smoke coming from a single-story residence and quickly put out the blaze. Authorities say the residence's occupant was not home at the time of the fire but is now displaced and will reside with relatives until further notice.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2021 2:46:49 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Crash in Sheboygan; 2 transported by Flight for Life, 1 in custody for OWI

Two people were transported to the hospital by Flight for Life Thursday night, Aug. 5 following a two-vehicle crash in Sheboygan. It happened around 8:20 p.m. near 18th Street and Calumet Drive. According to police, a 52-year-old Sheboygan man was turning onto Calumet Drive from 18th Street, heading northbound when his vehicle was struck by a southbound vehicle on Calumet Drive.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2021 4:36:54 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Holmen first responders meet and greet kids at ice cream social

The Holmen Area Fire Department and other area first responders got to show off their trucks and share ice cream with local kids. The ice cream social was put together by Dustin Wood, the new owner of Midway Deli in Onalaska. “I thought it’d be a great community thing to have a little meet and greet and ice cream social, and let some kids see a fire truck and meet some firemen and policemen and first responders up close,” says Wood.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2021 3:51:45 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Eight cars destroyed in night fire at Kenosha salvage yard

Thick smoke and flames coming from the southeast portion of a local salvage yard led Kenosha firefighters to Jantz Automotive Sales Inc. lot at 3405 Washington Road where fire engulfed and damaged or destroyed eight vehicles Wednesday night. The fire was reported around 8:12 p.m. with multiple calls of smoke and flames coming from inside the lot itself, according to Capt.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2021 1:09:30 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Children's Museum of Green Bay introduces kids to local police and firefighters

Kids in Green Bay got to meet some of the men and women who keep us all safe. The Children's Museum of Green Bay brought in members of the city of Green Bay's police and fire departments as part of their Superheroes Week project. “I don't really get to see police and fire trucks up close, and I also like police and fire trucks,” said Easton Banker.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2021 4:04:57 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Dog rescued from house fire on Madison’s north side

A dog is safe after a Wednesday morning house fire while no one was home, according to Madison fire officials. Neighbors of the home on Elka Lane called 911 just before 7:30 a.m., and crews were able to put the fire out in about 10 minutes. Nobody was in the house at the time, but firefighters were able to get a dog out of the house.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2021 8:46:51 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

National Night Out brings back community with Beloit police and fire staff after year off

Community engagement was the main focus Tuesday as the Beloit police and fire departments hosted the National Night Out event where families mingled with public safety workers for the first event since 2019. Residents, visitors and children came out to the National Night Out kickoff event hosted at Riverside Park, with police and fire staff interacting with kids and chatting with parents.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

1 evaluated for smoke inhalation after fire damages 2 Algoma homes

Officials say a fire in Algoma early Tuesday afternoon caused one person to be treated for smoke inhalation. According to Algoma Fire and Rescue, crews were called to a fire at Kirkland and Arlington Avenue in Algoma at about 1 p.m. Before crews arrived, officials say dispatch told them the fire had already spread to a neighboring building, and mutual aid was then requested from Kewaunee, Casco, Luxemburg and Southern Door fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2021 2:12:17 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Man charged with 8 counts of arson across Brown County, dates back to 2018

A man from Hobart is facing eight charges for separate arson incidents that date back to 2018, one of which gave his uncle a heart attack and later died. According to the criminal complaint, 24-year-old James Ambrosius is charged with eight counts of arson dating back to 2018. Originally, authorities were called to interview Ambrosius on July 27, 2021, as he was seen at a scene of a fire and admitted to being in the parking lot and using cocaine in a vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2021 9:52:58 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Car catches fire inside service center at Saukville dealership, one firefighter injured

The Saukville Fire Department responded to a call of a car on fire inside the service center of Eric Von Schledorn car dealership Monday night. It happened around 6:18 p.m. Monday, August 2. When crews arrived there was a large amount of smoke coming from the garage doors of the service center due to a fire in the engine compartment of a vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2021 5:19:13 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

National Night Out to be held tonight in Kronenwetter

The village of Kronenwetter will host an event Tuesday night to allow the public a chance to meet and build relationships with village staff from the police, fire, and village committees. National Night Out is taking place in communities across the country. It is a way to promote positive relationships between police and people in neighborhoods.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Westfield Man Injured in Fall at Blackhawk State Park

At approximately 4:10 p.m. on July 31, 2021, the Vernon County Emergency 911 Dispatch Center received a call of a man that had been removed from the river and CPR was being performed. Authorities at the scene learned that David W. Quinn, age 66, of, Westfield, WI was getting out of his boat at the dock and slipped and fell.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2021 7:15:21 PM - SOURCE: WRJC-FM 92.1-FM Mauston