Incident Type: 
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:37pm
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:48pm
2400 block Lake Mendota Drive
Madison, WI

Firefighters were called to a hiking path just west of Picnic Point Thursday for a large tree on fire after a suspected lightning strike the night before. The 911 caller reported a piece of bark from the tree had fallen to the ground and also started the grass at the base of the tree on fire.

Engine Co. 9 arrived and located the smoldering tree. Due to the nature and location of the fire, Engine 9 called for the MFD Brush truck to respond, as well as the Lake Rescue Team. The Lake Rescue Team arrived via Lake Mendota, anchored, and was able to put out the fire with use of the boat turret.

Engine 9 confirmed from the ground that the fire was out, and all crews returned.


Posted 06/17/2022 - 2:10pm

Cynthia Schuster (Public Information Officer)