Poygan marsh fire burns about 500 acres

Poygan marsh fire. Nov. 8, 2020.
Poygan marsh fire. Nov. 8, 2020.(Omro Rushford Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook)
Published: Nov. 8, 2020 at 3:26 PM CST
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WINNECONNE, Wis. (WBAY) - Dry weather and wind contributed to the quick spread of a marsh fire in Winnebago County Sunday.

The fire burned about 500 acres in Poygan, according to Omro Rushford Volunteer Fire Department, who helped at the scene. CLICK HERE to see photos of the fire posted to Facebook.

The Winneconne-Poygan Fire Department says crews were called to the 9200 block of County Highway D shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday.

“WE caught the devil," reads a post on the Winneconne-Poygan Fire Department Facebook Page.

CLICK HERE for additional photos from the scene.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says there were nearly 50 wildfires in the state last week.

“The last week or so has been unusually busy due to the dry fuels, increased burning activity and lack of snow statewide,” said Catherine Koele, DNR fire prevention specialist.

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Information on a marsh fire near Winneconne, WI from the WI DNR.
Information on a marsh fire near Winneconne, WI from the WI DNR.(WI DNR)

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