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Since 1943 the Stoddard Bergen Fire Department has been serving the village of Stoddard, the Township of Bergen and surrounding communities. Our priority has always been, the safety and well-being of our community members. 

With that in mind, we have had to make the difficult decision to forego this years’ (61st) Labor Day Picnic Fundraiser. This decision was made based on several factors, all of which could impact the health and safety of our community: 

  • Roadwork construction on Highway 162

  • Heavy equipment coming into and out of the Stoddard Park

  • Roadwork construction into and out of Stoddard

  • COVID 19 

SBFD has always relied heavily on the money raised at the Labor Day Picnic. Without this event we need to find ways to replace those funds.   With that in mind we are announcing the following fundraisers: 

  • A Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) Raffle. Ticket sales for a chance to win the UTV or one of two cash prizes will be available soon – watch for details! 

  • A virtual Silent Auction, which we hope to kick off on Black Friday and conclude on December 6th – St. Nick’s Day. An easy way to get your holiday shopping done without having to leave your house! 

  • A Chicken Q is tentatively planned for October as well.


We are always looking for new suggestions and/or input from others, so if you have an idea, we would love to hear from you!

 Thank you to everyone for understanding our decision and for all the support we’ve received from each of you. We hope to see you soon!

 Stay safe and stay healthy!


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The Town of Bergen and Village of Stoddard in conjunction with the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department is issuing a Burning Ban.

When the Current Fire Danger reaches "Very High" (orange) or "Extreme" (red) an immediate burning ban will be placed.  These levels are set by the Forestry Department from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses.

Burning any combustible materials outdoors in the Town of Bergen or Village of Stoddard in Vernon County is prohibited.  The risk for wildfires in these areas is very high, and there’s little relief in sight in the near future with the current weather pattern. This ban will be in place until conditions significantly improve.

That applies to burn piles, burn barrels and all campfires unless in developed camping areas. Use caution disposing any matches, ashes, charcoal briquettes, or any burning materials into the outdoors. All firework use is banned. Remember to dispose of any cigars, cigarettes, or pipes in a designated receptacle.

Charcoal grills may be used only near a residential dwelling on a non-combustible surface, such as concrete.