Disaster Declaration For Adams County Fire

Governor Doyle has issued a state of emergency declaration for fire-ravaged Adams County.

It's the first step in determining eligibility for federal disaster assistance aid.

The governor viewed the fire damage by helicopter and met with local officials at the Big Flats town hall command center.

Doyle also talked to families who sought shelter at Pine Land Elementary School.

The state Department of Commerce will make emergency funds available for low and moderate-income families who lost their homes.

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority will provide funding for temporary housing assistance.

Some 15 homes and up to 40 camper trailers and other recreational vehicles have been destroyed. The fire consumed more than 3,600 acres around the Big Flats area.