Crews in Chippewa County were called to their second grass fire in the last three days. It happened at a home on 50th Street in Chippewa Falls Tuesday evening. The homeowner told WQOW TV-18 News that his children were burning some brush and trash in the backyard when the wind picked up, causing the fire to spread out of control. The fire did leave behind some damage, but luckily, the homeowner said fire crews were able to extinguish it quickly.
And while the warm weather is a welcome relief to many – it IS bringing conditions for fire danger. In the past few days, News 18 has reported a grass fire at Lake Wissota and a fatal fire in Pepin Co. On Tuesday, Eau Claire County, along with several surrounding counties, are under high fire danger. That means the DNR and many fire departments are not issuing burn permits. Eau Claire County's Emergency Management Coordinator told News 18, if people do not heed the warnings, they will pay the consequences which could run to thousands of dollars.
An area postal worker who admitted to stealing from the U.S. Postal Service was ordered to pay nearly $5,800 in restitution Tuesday. Anthony Bell of Mondovi was accused of stealing from the US Postal Service when he was an employee with the Strum Post Office in 2015. A federal judge also placed Anthony Bell on probation for two years. The charges carried a possible 10 year prison term.
Eau Claire City Council took up a number of topics at its regular Tuesday meeting, including a possible lease agreement for a temporary city hall. The council wants more time to consider a lease agreement for a temporary city hall. In the agreement under consideration, the city would pay more than $21,000 per-month to rent out a space on Prairie Lane. The city's attorney, Stephen Nick, told News 18 last week that the building was the cheapest to lease that could accommodate what they need. However, several council members voiced concerns over the public's accessibility to city council meetings. Because of that, they’ll postpone a vote for two weeks so staff could come back with ideas for a new downtown location for council meetings.