Wisconsin Guards Finish Work In Burnett, Douglas Counties

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 7:19 am

The Wisconsin National Guard and state inmates have finished their work of removing downed timber from right of ways in Burnett and Douglas counties.

Of course, the severe storms of July 1 toppled trees over in more than 130,000 acres, in six northern Wisconsin counties. Local governments managed to clear area roads, but the effort left the right-of-ways clogged with timber that could have created a fire hazard this fall and blocked snow removal efforts this winter.

The Associated Press reports that members of the 724th Engineer Battalion and state inmates began clearing the right-of-ways in Burnett and Douglas counties on Sept. 6. The prisoners pulled the timber out of the ditches and the soldiers fed it into wood chippers.

The Guard announced Monday the work was completed on Oct. 7. Obviously many more downed trees still exist in the affected counties, but the right of ways are now cleared in time for winter.

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