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Gov. Walker, state officials to tour site of Germann Road Wildfire

TOWN OF GORDON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker and a host of state officials will tour the site of the 9,000-acre wildfire in northwest Wisconsin Thursday.

They’ll also meet with first responders and local officials to see what they need, after Walker called a state of emergency Wednesday night.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp will also make the trip – along with state Homeland Security chief Don Dunbar, and state emergency management officials.

The DNR’s Robert Manwell confirmed Thursday morning that the blaze is now fully contained – and crews will continue to rework the edges of the wildfire and put out small brush fires along the way.

No injuries have been reported.

The DNR is investigating the cause. Media reports said it started at a logging operation near Solon Springs, perhaps by sparks from vehicles or machinery. From there, it spread at a pace of up to two miles an hour in the early going.

Seventeen homes and 30 other structures were destroyed in the state’s largest wildfire since 1980, when 11,000 acres were burned at Oak Lake in Washburn County.

The governor thanked all who’ve been fighting this week’s blaze – including units from the U.S. Forest Service, Ontario, Michigan, and Minnesota.