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2018 holiday season fires near record low in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW)- The holidays are over, so it’s time to reflect on how well the community did on “keeping the wreath green.”

Since 1996, the Eau Claire, Altoona and Township Fire Departments have been putting green wreaths up to show awareness of holiday fires.

Eau Claire Fire Inspector Jason Knecht said if they respond to a structure fire between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day, one of the lights changes from green to red.

During this holiday season there was only one red light.

Knecht said the only fire was at a small business and amounted to $45,000 worth of damage.

He said last year they had four structure fires during that time.

Knecht said there are a lot of factors as to why there’s fewer structure fires. He said a big reason is their prevention efforts.

“Fire inspections that we do for businesses and places, fire prevention education in the schools and everybody is mindful of fires especially during the holiday season as well with our education,” Knecht said.

Knecht said Altoona and Township Fire Departments also had just one fire each.

He said only having three structure fires in the metro area is pretty good.

He said the goal is always zero, and that’s what they are hoping for next year.

The last time they had zero structure fires during the holidays was in 2012.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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