The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is expected to cite two men for intentionally burning down their ice shanty.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, the men admitted burning their own shanty as they were unable to remove it as it was stuck in ice. The DNR Ranger noted the men would be responsible for cleaning the area and would be cited for violating DNR burning rules.
The fire was reported Saturday night around 9 p.m. on Copper Bay near Merrill.
After a witness reported that a person walked away from the shanty just before the fire started and left in a dark truck. The responding Deputy checked the lake and found a truck matching that description stuck on the ice.
The DNR's ice shanty removal deadline for shanties north of Highway 64 is Monday, March 17.
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