UPDATE: Crews battle wildfire near Old 51 in Kronenwetter - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: Crews battle wildfire near Old 51 in Kronenwetter

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KRONENWETTER (WAOW) -

Wisconsin DNR officials say a fire broke out off Old Highway 51 on Saturday. The initial report was for a tree on fire and authorities say it quickly spread to about three or four acres in Kronenwetter.

Authorities said the dry weather could be a contributing factor to this evening's fire.

"July in Wisconsin is usually a fairly green month but pretty much from Marathon County all the way down to the Illinois border, we've been very dry this year," said Matt Slater, who works with the Wisconsin DNR.

A number of area fire departments responded to the blaze because of the hot weather conditions. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Marathon County authorities say crews are battling a wildfire near the Maple Ridge exit off I-39 south in Kronenwetter.

Firefighters are on scene trying to contain the fire located off Old 51.

Newsline 9 has a crew on scene and will bring you the latest.

 

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