Walker Comes To Burnett County To Witness Damage

Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 6:38 am

Late last week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to the listening area and met with state emergency officials to figure out how to salvage hundreds of thousands of down trees from the July 1st storm. Walker and local leaders toured parts of the damaged areas in a helicopter and witnessed the devastation.

Powerful July storms toppled trees over more than 130,000 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk and Washburn counties. Local governments have pushed most of the debris off roads, but rights of way are littered with tangled branches, limbs and tree trunks.

Emergency workers are concerned that the debris could become a serious fire hazard this fall and block snow removal in winter.

Forest product companies fear the timber will rot before they can use it to make paper and lumber.

After Walker toured the area by helicopter Friday morning, he is met  with local foresters and government officials throughout the day.

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