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A mobile home across the road from Bob Gotalaere's home near Barnes, Wis., burned to the ground while a home next door owned by Darrell Keene (in the background) survived the wildfire. Bob King/Duluth News Tribune

Wisconsin fire's wrath was swift, severe

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BARNES, Wis. -- Bob Gotelaere's outhouse was still on fire Wednesday morning when he drove around roadblocks to check his home near Ellison Lake.

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But Gotelaere was surprised to find that the outhouse was all he lost in Wisconsin's largest forest fire in 33 years.

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