As the Medford area was receiving over two inches of rain on Monday morning (August 26) the accompanying wind and lightning knocked down several trees causing damage and injuries. Just before 9:30 A.M., Medford Police and the Medford Area Fire Department were called to the M.C.T. mobile home park on Medford's northeast side where a downed tree broke off a natural gas valve. Medford firefighters turned off the leaking gas valve and an official with WE Energies made the necessary repairs.
While Medford firefighters were on the scene at the M.C.T. mobile home park, they received a request for their off-road rescue vehicles to assist campers who had been injured by a falling tree. The incident occurred northwest of Medford in the Town of Grover on Sailer Creek Road. A group of campers were rustic camping near Jerry Lake. As the campers waited out the rain storm in their tents, a large hardwood tree fell on one of the tents. Medford firefighters worked with chain saws to rescue one of the campers who was pinned under the limbs of the tree. A second injured camper had been pulled from the tent by another camper. Medford firefighters used two off road vehicles to tranport the injured individulas out of the Chequamegon Forest. Ultimately, two individuals were taken by Taylor County Ambulance to Memorial Health Center in Medford. The Medford Area Fire Depatment returned to the Medford Fire Hall just before noon on Monday.