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Shed total loss in fire near Brodhead
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BRODHEAD - A rural Brodhead resident burning grass on his property lost a shed and several farm implements to the fire Sunday morning, according to Green County Sheriff Mark Rohloff.

The shed fire was reported at about 11 a.m. at W1956 Ten Eyck Road.

The owner of the property, Thomas R. Hoesly, 64, was burning grass when wind blew the grass fire into the shed. The shed contained a tractor, a manure spreader and no animals, according to Rohloff.

No injuries were reported, but the shed was a "total loss," said Juda Fire Chief Steve Isely. The Brodhead and Monroe fire departments assisted Juda firefighters with extinguishing the fire.

"Within a half hour, we had it controlled," Isely said.

Spring is the most critical fire-risk season in Wisconsin, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The DNR's website indicates that warmer temperatures, low humidity and windy days "coupled with many landowners conducting spring clean-up around their property by burning yard waste" leads to the majority of wildfires.

"It's a risk right now, yes it is," Isely said. Even after last week's snowstorm and the subsequent thaw, "everything is dried out."

Isely expects the risk to continue for at least another week or two, then decrease as things start "greening up."