1980 Ekdall Church Fire

© Photographed September 11, 2016
Erected by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Grantsburg, Burnett County, Wisconsin
45° 53.748′ N, 92° 39.871′ W

1980 Ekdall Church Fire
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.
The marker is located out in the boonies, on eastbound County Route F, just west of its intersection with Nordstrom Lane, at or near 13200 County Highway F, Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840.

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 Looking northeast, with County Road F visible to the left.

 View of the marker from County Road F.

 The marker is behind (east of) the church & cemetery.

Plenty of signage leading to the marker location . . .

Looking westbound on County Road F . . .

The marker is located in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

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