Black River Falls Forest Fire

Black River Falls Forest Fire (HM1LN)

Location: Black River Falls, WI 54615 Jackson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 14.872', W 90° 44.219'

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On the dry, windy afternoon of April 27, 1977, a forest fire started south of Black River Falls. The fire quickly became a raging crown fire, traveling through the tops of the dense pine forest. This mound, directly in the path of the fire, was burned in just a few minutes time. In the 12 hours it took for the fire to run its course, 14 homes and 17,590 acres of forest land had burned, the village of Millston was spared because of a last minute wind shift.

Most of this area has since been reclaimed naturally by oak and aspen which sprout vigorously after a fire. A small portion of the area was planted with pine, a more valuable tree species. This area has become prime wildlife habitat supporting tremendous deer and small game populations. In 50 years all visual reminders of the Black River Falls fire will be gone.
HM NumberHM1LN
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:53pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 680679 N 4901893
Decimal Degrees44.24786667, -90.73698333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 14.872', W 90° 44.219'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 14' 52.32" N, 90° 44' 13.14" W
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Area Code(s)715, 608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5953 Bell Mound Rd, Black River Falls WI 54615, US
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