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Junk piles ignite a forest fire

A Saturday evening fire near the Town of Carlsville is still under investigation after a strenuous firefighting effort involving most of Door County’s departments.


The Egg Harbor Fire Department was notified just before 5:40 p.m. Saturday due to reports of a huge plume of black smoke rising through a forested area near Ash Lane and West Carlsville Road. The sight of the smoke forced Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald to activate the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) to call in support from Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Gibraltar, Jacksonport, Ephraim, and Sturgeon Bay fire departments.

Upon arrival, crews found multiple piles of appliances, implements, wood, and other materials on fire, which led to an additional three to four acres of the forest being ablaze. MacDonald says it took a lot of effort and different resources to put the fire out.

The property’s owners were not home and there were no injuries reported by the time crews left the scene after 8:15 p.m.

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