Michigan Wildfire Torches 21K Acres

6 buildings destroyed so far
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2012 6:02 PM CDT
Michigan Wildfire Torches More Than 21K Acres
This photo provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shows a wildfire in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.   ((AP Photo/Michigan Department of Natural Resources))

A wildfire in Michigan's Upper Peninsula grew by 17% to more than 21,000 acres today as officials warned of tough conditions and welcomed help from water-dumping aircraft from the Michigan National Guard. Wind gusts were predicted at 15 mph and high temperatures were in the 60s in a dry, remote part of the state where access has been tricky because there are few roads. Tahquamenon Falls State Park, a popular destination for campers seven miles from the fire, was closed.

The fire, known as the Duck Lake Fire, was 20% contained in Luce County, about 75 miles northeast of the Mackinac Bridge, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. The fire was described as long and narrow, stretching 11 miles north to Lake Superior. Fewer than 100 people have been evacuated, said Dean Wilson, a spokesman for the fire management team. More than 40 structures have been threatened and at least six are lost. It's not clear whether they were homes or outbuildings. (More wildfires stories.)

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