Grass fire burns roughly 150 acres

No injuries were reported
Grass fire burns roughly 150 acres

Fire departments from around Dane County spent much of the weekend at the scene of a massive brush fire.

In all, an estimated 150 acres burned with 11 different departments called to put out the fire.

It started as a small fire near Highway 14 and Biglow Road in the Town of Rutland in rural Dane County, but proceeded to grow quickly.

The Brooklyn Fire Department said crews were called to the 100 block of Biglow Road just before 6 p.m. Saturday night.

Officials said dry conditions fueled the fire.

Firefighters from Brooklyn, Oregon, Stoughton, Fitchburg, Verona, Middleton, McFarland, Albany and Evansville helped fight the fire.

The fire was brought under control by about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after approximately 150 acres had burned.

Fire crews spent Sunday putting out hotspots.


The Brooklyn assistant fire chief said a cause is still under investigation, but at the very least the fire should serve as a clear reminder to everyone about the seriousness of the dry conditions.

“Even cigarettes, fireworks, grills, anything,” said Leif Spilde. “The very dry conditions, we’ve had very little humidity this year. Fires can spread very, very fast, very, very rapidly.”

The land that burned is on federal hunting and fishing grounds. The fire did not reach anyone’s property and no injuries were reported.