Firefighters battle blaze at Devil’s Lake State Park

Firefighters called to West Bluff
Firefighters battle blaze at Devil’s Lake State Park

About 50 firefighters and multiple agencies had to deal with rough terrain as they battled a wildfire at Devil’s Lake State Park on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 1 p.m., significant smoke was seen from the West Bluff closest to the South Shore of Devil’s Lake and a fire was discovered on the upper trail.

Baraboo Fire Department Chief Kevin Stieve said huge rocks and the rough terrain off the area made fighting the fire difficult.

Baraboo firefighters hiked down the Tumbled Rocks Trail and made their way up the rock talus field to where the fire was. Approximately 600 to 800 feet of hose was laid up the rocks as fire personnel progressed.

When firefighters arrived at the area of the fire they found stumps, pine needles and underbrush burning, and they started to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters from North Freedom, Lake Delton, Merrimac, Kilbourn and Sauk City were called to the scene, and eight Department of Natural Resource fire protection personnel from different fire response units responded to the scene and assisted in fire suppression.

At one point, more than 1,600 feet of hose was laid out on top of the West Bluff as the fire spread to that area, according to a Baraboo Fire Department news release.

Devil’s Lake ranger staff provided support by moving vital equipment and personnel on their pontoon boat.

Water was pumped from Devil’s Lake to extinguish the fire from the bottom of the bluff, and a Mobile Water Supply Tender was used to fight the fire on top of the bluff.

Stieve said there were no major injuries to firefighters.

The fire burned approximately 2 acres, according to the Baraboo Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Baraboo Fire Department and DNR.