1980 Ekdall Church Fire

1980 Ekdall Church Fire (HM1ASX)

Location: Grantsburg, WI 54840 Burnett County
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N 45° 53.748', W 92° 39.871'

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The weather on April 21, 1980 was unseasonably hot and dry. On that day a temperature of 91 degrees combined with a humidity of 18 percent to set the stage for a catastrophic fire. At approximately 12:20 pm. that sweltering afternoon, the historic Ekdall Church Fire began. Fueled by tinder dry conditions and a strong southwest wind, the Ekdall Church Fire consumed acre upon acre on its march to the Saint Croix River. At its peak, the Ekdall Church Fire was estimated to have been traveling nearly 2 1/2 miles per hour. The fire's destructive path was five miles long and, in some locations, nearly three miles wide. By days end, 4,654 acres of forest and wetlands were destroyed along with 73 structures. One of the structures destroyed was the historic Ekdall Church, from which the fire received its name.
Placed ByWisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 1:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 526025 N 5082524
Decimal Degrees45.89580000, -92.66451667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 53.748', W 92° 39.871'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 53' 44.88" N, 92° 39' 52.26" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13201-13295 Co Rd F, Grantsburg WI 54840, US
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