I haven’t been watching a lot of TV since I’ve been on vacation at my cottage, but I have heard that news of this fire has gone national via the internet and television airwaves. FOX News and CBS News have talked about it I’ve heard.
In case you are not aware, there is a massive wild fire spreading through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near the Tahquamenon Falls area, specifically around Duck Lake. It is about 14 miles north of Newberry, MI.
Firefighters who got into the burned out areas have come back and given some damage estimates:
34 homes / cabins
22 sheds / outbuildings
About 23,000 acres of land is now burned. Fire crews are still working trying to maintain the fire, specifically at its southern end where a blowout has pushed the fire over State Highway 123.
Vacationers and property owners are being let back into the region on a limited basis to quickly grab any surviving valuables and assessing damage at this point. The last I heard, groups of 15 were being let in at a time. Many were forced to evacuate on Wednesday / Thursday of last week.
Governor Snyder declared a state of disaster for the two counties the fire is in last Saturday. The decree states that here is an open flame fire ban (no camp fires are allowed) in 49 counties across the Upper Peninsula and parts of Lower Michigan as well. Those counties are:
Alcona, Alger, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Schoolcraft and Wexford.
There’s also a fireworks ban in the counties surrounding the fire area. So if you’re up camping, please no fires. It’s so beautiful up here, I’d hate to see this region look like a barren waste land.
I’d like to send out a huge thank you to the Michigan DNR and the firefighters helping out in this bad fire!
Have you been effected by this fire in any way, shape, or form? Feel free to comment below.
Here are some pictures of the fire as well as a video. Pictures and video courtesy of the Michigan DNR website.