Firefighters battle multiple brush fires in Menomonee Falls

Fires stretch along railroad tracks



NEWS, THE DRY CONDITIONS CREATING A BRUSH FIRE DANGER. CAROLINE REINWALD JOINS US LIVE FROM THE SCENE OF ONE OF THOSE FIRES IN MENOMONEE FALLS. CAROLINE: THAT’S RIGHT. WE ARE LOOKING AT IT. YOU CAN SEE SMOKE IN TWO DIFFERENT SPOTS, THE CREWS HERE ON SCENE. IT IS DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN THIS FIRE. LOOK AT VIDEO WE SHOT EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED ON SCENE. OFFICIALS SAY THIS FIRE STARTED JUST BEFORE 1:40, NEAR MARCY ROAD, NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS IN MENOMONEE FALLS. 28 DIFFERENT AGENCIES ARE ON SCENE, POLICE DEPARTMENTS, THE DNR, TRYING TO CONTAIN THIS, BUT IT KEEPS JUMPING ON THEM BECAUSE OF THE WIND, CARRYING THOSE FLAMES AND REIGNITING ELSEWHERE. THIS IS A SWAMPY AREA, BUT THERE IS A LOT OF DRY GRASS AND TREES. IT IS DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN. WE HEARD FROM POLICE EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. DO YOU KNOW IF ANYBODY HAS HAD TO BE EVACUATED BECAUSE OF THE FIRE? >> WE HAD SOME INITIAL REPORTS. IT IS GENERALLY ISOLATED TO THE WOODS, THE SWAMP, GRASS, AND THINGS LIKE THAT. >> DO YOU KNOW HOW THE FIRE STARTED? >> I DO NOT. I DO NOT. DERRICK: ALL OF THAT DRY BRUSH AND TREES IS FUEL FOR THE FIRE. ANY OTHER CHALLENGES FOR THESE CREWS. CAROLINE: YES, GETTING WATER TO THIS AREA. WE CAN PAN OVER AND SHOW YOU THESE CREWS. THIS IS HALF A MILE AWAY FROM THE FLAMES, SO IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET THE WATER TO THOSE FLAMES , SO CONTINUING TO BE A BIT OF AN ISSUE OUT HERE. DERRICK: CAROLINE REINWALD LEADING US OFF LIVE. LET’S BRING IN THE CHIEF, MARK, LETS TALK ABOUT WHY THE CONDITIONS ARE SO DANGEROUS RIGHT NOW? MARK: YES, LAST YEAR’S VEGETATION AND GROWTH CHANGES TO DRY, DEAD BRUSH, AND WE WILL BE DEALING WITH THIS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND AS WELL, SO WE ARE PROBABLY NOT DONE. LET ME SHOW YOU RADAR. YOU CAN PICK UP THE SMOKE ON RADAR. TW DIFFERENT AREAS OUT OF WAUKESHA COUNTY. ALSO FRANKLIN AS WELL, INTO MILWAUKEE COUNTY. ONE HERE. THE OTHER, WHERE CAROLINE’S LIVE SHOT WAS, WE CONTINUE TO SEE SMOKE. WE ARE NOT DONE. THE WIND WILL DIE DOWN

Firefighters battle multiple brush fires in Menomonee Falls

Fires stretch along railroad tracks


Multiple brush fires began burning at about 1:30 p.m. Friday in Menomonee Falls.The fire is along Marcy Road, just north of Silver Spring Drive near the railroad tracks. By Friday night, it was covering 400 acres. Officers at the scene said sparks from a train crossing railroad tracks cause multiple fires. The fire started near the Frito Lay factory and stretches all the way to Sussex. The Department of Natural Resources said it is assisting local fire departments with the response and encourages people to avoid Marcy Road area. Houses were not evacuated, and no one was injured, according to Menomonee Falls police. There were at least 20 fire departments trying to put the fires and hot spots out. WeatherWatch 12 Chief Meteorologist Mark Baden said the weather conditions are perfect for the these fires: dry and windy. He said their could be more fires over the weekend.

Multiple brush fires began burning at about 1:30 p.m. Friday in Menomonee Falls.

The fire is along Marcy Road, just north of Silver Spring Drive near the railroad tracks. By Friday night, it was covering 400 acres.

Officers at the scene said sparks from a train crossing railroad tracks cause multiple fires.

The fire started near the Frito Lay factory and stretches all the way to Sussex.

The Department of Natural Resources said it is assisting local fire departments with the response and encourages people to avoid Marcy Road area.

Houses were not evacuated, and no one was injured, according to Menomonee Falls police.

There were at least 20 fire departments trying to put the fires and hot spots out.

WeatherWatch 12 Chief Meteorologist Mark Baden said the weather conditions are perfect for the these fires: dry and windy. He said their could be more fires over the weekend.

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