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Logging Company Billed $600,000 in Germann Road Fire

Updated: 09/09/2013 3:37 PM
Created: 09/09/2013 3:20 PM WDIO.com

The Wisconsin DNR will bill a commercial logging company for more than $600,000 after an investigation determined the company's negligence caused the Germann Road Fire to start and spread.

According to a release from the DNR, the department conducted a nearly four-month investigation into the cause of the fire. The investigation determined the crew attempted to contain the fire using a fire extinguisher and a pressurized water system.

The crew also called 911, but the DNR says the company, Ray Duerr Logging, was negligent for failing to maintain the equipment at the logging site that could have prevented or contained the fire.

DNR officials say the logging company owner, Ray Duerr, bought the used machine in 2013. The logging crew was harvesting timber on industrial timber lands when the fire began.

The Germann Road Fire was the state's largest fire in 33 years and burned 7,442 acres in Douglas County. The fire began May 14.

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