Strong thunderstorms with high winds and numerous lighting strikes rolled through the Sawyer County area around 9 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 2 and 3 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, leading to downed trees and power lines in places along with trees on fire and trees blocking roadways.

Local fire departments, including City of Hayward, Town of Bass Lake, Stone Lake and Town of Hayward, were called out to reports of fires caused by knocked-out transformers, trees on power lines and trees blocking roadways. Firefighters and public works departments were summoned to cut up and remove trees blocking roadways.

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