July 26, 1894: Devestating forest fires in northern Wisconsin began on July 26 and continued to burn for several days.
The fires spread rapidly and did damage in portions of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Chippewa, Pierce, Taylor, Marathon and Wood Counties.
On July 27, a fire nearly destroyed the entire village of Phillips, the county seat of Price County. Over twenty people died
as a result of the fires over a four day period.