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Lisbon grass fire spreads quickly

It's still unclear what started a grass fire in the Town of Lisbon off Lake Five Road on Tuesday. However, Fire Chief Doug Brahm said because of the dry conditions the fire spread quickly.

Brahm said a resident called around 3 p.m. to report a small outside fire in the area. The resident he said was in nearby Lisbon Community Park and saw smoke.

By the time the first unit arrived, Brahm said the fire had spread to a half acre. In less than three hours, it claimed more than 20 acres, he said when crews were able to completely contain it by 6 p.m.

The threat of dry conditions, and the heat required lots of extra help from area departments. Mutual aid was offered by: Town of Delafield, Merton, North Lake, Sussex, Pewaukee, Hartland, Richfield, Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Lannon and Butler. Brahm said one reason for the high amount of extra help was the hot conditions firefighters were working in. The Sussex and Lisbon auxiliaries also responded to provide food and water.

Many firefighters were also needed to rotate on a 15-to 20-minute basis Brahm said to avoid heat exhaustion. One firefighter however, did have heat exhaustion. He was transported to a nearby hospital and released later that day. Another firefighter was also transported for a knee sprain, but he was also later released, Brahm said.

The fire chief said they know the fire started near the railroad tracks, but investigation continues on its cause.


 

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