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Grantsburg in Burnett County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1980 Ekdall Church Fire
 
1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
1. 1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker
 
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 45° 53.748′ N, 92° 39.871′ W. Marker is in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, in Burnett County. Marker is on County Route F, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is approximately 8 miles north of Grantsburg. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13200 Cnty Hwy F, Grantsburg WI 54840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are
 
1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
2. 1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker
Inset map of fire area.
 
within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crex Meadows (approx. 2.1 miles away); Governor Knowles State Forest (approx. 10.1 miles away); Canute Anderson (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
3. 1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker
Fire Statistics
 
 
1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
4. 1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker
Photos of fire (Upper left)
 
 
1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
5. 1980 Ekdall Church Fire Marker
Looking southeast from marker site
 
 
Nearby Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2013
6. Nearby Memorial
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 222 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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