Updated: 05/16/2013 6:45 PM
Created: 05/16/2013 5:15 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Declaring a State of Emergency for Douglas and Bayfield counties, Governor Scott Walker traveled to Gordon, Wis. Thursday to survey the thousands of acres burned by the Germann Road Fire.
Gov. Walker took an aerial tour of the damage before addressing all of the agencies that have helped fight the blaze.
"They did exactly what they are trained to do and they did it really in a remarkable way. I want to thank everyone that has helped," said Gov. Walker.
Gov. Walker toured the command center located at the Gordon Fire Hall. As of Wednesday night, the fire is now 100% contained.
"It's not as critical fire weather as it was Tuesday. It's not as warm, it's not as windy, but the fuels are a little direr then they were a couple of days ago," said Larry Glodoski, incident commander with the Wisconsin DNR.
More than 70 local fire departments and other agencies have helped fight the Germann Road Fire over the past 48 hours.
The DNR reports 47 structures burned in the blaze, but crews were able to save many others, including Georgia's Bar.
"It was close, too close for comfort," said owner, Georgia Granfors.
Georgia's Bar is less than 200 yards from Highway 27 and just north of Barnes, where the huge flames jumped the roadway on Tuesday evening.
"They didn't let anyone in here yesterday because they were still dousing out little fires that were smoking. Here, it came right up to the back step," said Granfors.
The DNR said crews saved 77 structures.
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