High Water Levels On The St. Croix And Namekagon Rivers
The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers are running high, fast and cold due to snowmelt and recent rain. Ice flows and other floating debris may be present making conditions additionally hazardous. Osceola Landing has been closed. Other landings may be flooded More »
Fire Training Exercise
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270
Training Burn Scheduled for May 8
The St. Croix Falls Fire Department will utilize a structure located at 410 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls for a training exercise on Saturday, May 8. The controlled burning of the structure will allow local firefighters to enhance their expertise in areas such as live fire entry, search and rescue techniques, and other aspects of structural fire suppression. The structure will ultimately be burned to the ground upon completion of training activities.
The National Park Service acquired the residence in 2009 with intentions of removing it, allowing the property to be utilized for future expansion of facilities and to address surface water run-off issues associated with the adjacent parking area.
“Local fire departments rarely get the opportunity to burn down structures. This is a way to provide valuable, realistic training. It could possibly save lives by the lessons that they learn,” said Chief Ranger Bob Whaley of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
Presumed asbestos containing materials and other hazardous building components have been removed from the structure.
The training exercise will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until early afternoon.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.
For additional information on the Riverway, please call (715) 483-2274.
Did You Know?
Water boatmen have no gills but rather trap air with the hairs on their legs and the air bubble encircles their bodies, making them appear shiny. Their front legs are short, their middle legs are long and slender and their back legs are shaped like paddles fringed with hair.