Chippewa Valley steps up to help fight the fire in Northern Wisconsin

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis --Fire crews, Red Cross volunteers as well as family and friends of people in Douglas and Bayfield counties are doing what they can to help.

The Red Cross has sent two groups of volunteers from the Chippewa Valley to set up a shelter.

Linda Rammer, a registered nurse and Red Cross volunteer, has responded to many disasters here in Wisconsin and across the country.

"Everyone is so thankful for the services you give,” Rammer said.

She is one of 7 volunteers from the Chippewa Valley who is lending a hand. The massive wildfire has burned more than 87,000 thousand acres and destroyed many homes and buildings in its path.

“We did shelter 20 individuals and we will continue to be there to help those folks,” Red Cross Regional Executive Director Kyle Kriegl said.

With the fire 90% contained, firefighters across Western Wisconsin are on standby.

We received a call asking us if we could prepare to send two strike teams from our area from Chippewa, Pepin, Eau Claire and Dunn counties up to that area. We are just preparing for that and have them on standby if they do need us,” MABAS Wisconsin Chippewa Valley Coordinator Rick Merryfield said.