The Keep the Wreath Green Program has concluded for another holiday season.
And while there are three red bulbs on the wreath, signifying three structure fires in Langlade County, there can be some solace taken that none were directly related to the usual seasonal hazards, such as display lights or increased use of electricity.
“The Keep the Wreath Green campaign is a reminder of fire hazard during the holiday season,” Rural Fire Control Chief Neal Wozniak said. “It’s just a good way to keep it on people’s minds.”
The campaign is a coordinated effort among all fire departments in the county, with the wreaths beginning with all green bulbs and one white, which represents a remembrance of those lost on Sept. 11.
Once a structure fire occurs, a red bulb replaces a green one.
This holiday season, the three red bulbs are as a result of the fire that destroyed Rick’s 45 Roadhouse on Highway 45, a blaze that resulted in a fatality in the town of Pine River on Highway 64 and what is referred to as a “room and content” fire within the city of Antigo.
While three is up from a single blaze a year ago, it is nowhere near the campaign’s record high of seven.