Big Flats, Adams County, Wisconsin
   Big Flats, Adams County, Wisconsin

Big Flats Fire Department

The town provides volunteer fire and first responder service, while Lifestar Ambulance Service provides ambulance service to town residents.

Lifestar Begins Ambulance Service for the Town

Big Flats welcomes Lifestar Emergency Medical Services as the Town’sEmergency Medical provider starting January 1, 2022. Lifestar will be providing advanced life support or paramedic level care to the Towns of Big Flats from the Rome EMS Building.

Fire Safety

The Big Flats Volunteer Fire Department strongly discourages property owners from outdoor burning and encourages recycling and composting as safe alternatives. A free DNR annual burning permit is required any time the ground is not completely snow covered. Check the burning restrictions every day you want to burn at (search keyword "wildfire"). Be aware of conditions. Campfires do not require a burning permit except when emergency forest fire regulations are in effect. It is never allowable to burn rubbish, asphalt shingles, rubber products or plastic of any kind. Permits are available at the DNR station in Friendship or Cats Down the Road in Big Flats.




Fireworks The number of fires started each year by fireworks is staggering. An elected otime and place.fficial may only issue permits to civic organizations for use at a specific time and place.

Cottonville Fire

Big Flats was the site of a devastating wild fire on May 5, 2005. At 1:32 pm Adams County 911 received a call reporting an out of control fire at 972 South Chicago Court. The property owner lit a fire within a fire ring constructed of concrete blocks, attempting to burn off dead grass. Soon after, the fire jumped out of the ring and began burning the grass in the surrounding area. After the fire escaped, it spread in a northeast direction, following a six mile stretch along the east side of Roche A Cri Creek. By the time it was contained 11 hours later, this forest fire burned approximately 3,410 acres of pine forest, and destroyed 30 residences along with 60 out-buildings. About 177 firefighters from 20 fire departments responded, not counting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources firefighters, who came from as far away as Hayward, and two DNR planes used to drop foam, who had to fly in from Minnesota. The property owner was charged with setting a fire which became the biggest forest fire in Wisconsin since 1980.

Cottonville Fire Report--AAR.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.8 MB]
BF-Monroe Wild Fire Plan.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [567.9 KB]


Watch a video about one Big Flats homeowner’s experience during the Cottonville Fire by going to and search keyword “wildfire”.

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