(Columbia County) Members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office alongside the Portage Fire Department, Divine Savior EMS and Poynette Ranger were dispatched to a brush fire in the French’s Creek Wildlife Area near the township of Fort Winnebago. This was in response to a call from an area fisherman who observed fireworks going off in a parking area nearby, then later noticing a fire had broken out in a dry brush area east of the parking lot. The fire which had reached about the size of half a football field was extinguished by fire units with no injuries or damage to any of the area facilities.
Shortly before the blaze, a vehicle was observed in the area and is described as being similar to a black Honda Accord 4 door with an “Easton Motors” sticker on the trunk and several flat brim baseball styles hats laying in the back window. Two white male subjects about 25 years of age were observed in the area prior to the fire being discovered, and authorities on the scene found freshly used fireworks in the area where the fire occurred.
Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Columbia County Crime Stoppers at (800) 293-8477.