Duck Lake Fire en Duck Lake Fire 72% contained <p>In a <a href=",4570,7-153--279629--,00.html">progress report</a> released yesterday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that workers had contained 72 percent of the Duck Lake Fire after nearly an inch of rainfall on Saturday.</p><p>The fire, caused by a lightning strike 11 days ago, now covers 21,135 acres in Luce County. The perimeter of the fire is 44 miles long. Fifteen of those miles remain uncontained.</p><p>Out of the 141 structures within the fire&rsquo;s perimeter, 136 have been lost. The DNR reported the completed property damage assessment as follows:</p><blockquote><ul><li>49 homes/cabins (including a store and a motel)</li><li>23 garages</li><li>38 sheds/outbuildings</li><li>26 campers</li></ul></blockquote><p>Stretching 11 miles south of the Lake Superior shoreline, the fire is about 14 miles north of Newberry and seven miles west of Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds.</p><p>Click <a href="">here </a>to see the DNR&#39;s most up-to-date map<a href=""> </a>of the fire perimeter.</p><p>The next chance of rain in the area is Wednesday.</p><p><em>- Suzanne Jacobs, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:16:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7754 at Duck Lake Fire 72% contained In this morning's news... <p><strong>Lawmakers miss self-imposed budget deadline of June 1</strong></p><p>June 1 was the self-imposed deadline for passing the budget, but because lawmakers couldn&#39;t finalize plans on state education spending, the state legislature&#39;s budget won&#39;t be finalized until next week. <a href="">MLive&#39;s Tim Martin</a> has more on the legislature&#39;s plan for education spending.</p><p>Lawmakers did pass a bill yesterday that covers all other state government spending. <a href="">Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody</a> reports Birmingham state representative Chuck Moss said the budget bill is not perfect:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;No budget is,&rdquo; Moss said during the debate on the House floor,&nbsp; &ldquo;But the perfect is the enemy of the good.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Democrats opposed the budget saying it helps businesses and corporations in the state at the expense of the poor, middle class, and senior citizens.</p><p><strong>Michigan AG launches investigation into McCotter petitions</strong></p><p>Michigan&#39;s Republican Attorney General issued a statement yesterday saying he was starting an investigation into U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter&#39;s&nbsp;re-election campaign. Primary ballot petitions needed to get McCotter&#39;s name on the August primary ballot appeared to have many irregularities, including duplicate signatures. From the <a href="">Wall Street Journal&#39;s Washington Wire</a> blog:</p><blockquote><p>Attorney General&nbsp;Bill Schuette, in a statement Thursday, said his office will &ldquo;follow the facts, without fear or favor&hellip;.If evidence of criminal violations is uncovered, we will not hesitate to prosecute.&rdquo;<br /><br />Mr. McCotter, in a statement said, &ldquo;I thank the Michigan Secretary of State &amp; Attorney General for commencing the criminal investigation of petitions I requested Tuesday; will assist as they see fit.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Governor Snyder visits site of wildfire in the U.P.</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder toured the site of the Duck Lake Fire in Michigan&#39;s Upper Peninsula yesterday. The fire has burned more than 21,000 acres and crews continue to fight the blaze. The <a href="">Michigan DNR</a> is asking homeowners to contact them, even if they live out of state. More on Snyder&#39;s visit from Rick Barnes at <a href="">MLive</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s devastating. You see the fire, you see the structures, homes burned down,&rdquo; said Snyder, who was flown over the more than 21,000 acres that burned north for 14 miles, to the Lake Superior shore...</p><p>Residents could learn Friday when they will be allowed to return to their property. Firefighters are continuing to douse stubborn hot spots, and remove dangerously standing trees.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:33:31 +0000 Mark Brush 7710 at In this morning's news... DNR says wildfire in Michigan's UP 55% contained <p>This morning the Michigan Department of Natural Resources released an update on<a href=""> the Duck Lake Fire</a>, still burning in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p><a href=",4570,7-153--279353--,00.html">According to the DNR</a>, the fire, located in Luce County, was roughly <font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">21,450 acres is size and about 55 percent contained, as of this morning. </font></p><p>From the DNR press release:</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:09:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7681 at DNR says wildfire in Michigan's UP 55% contained Rain helping firefighters control a wildfire in the U.P. <p>NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) - Rain is lending a hand to crew members who are battling a wildfire that has consumed 31.6 square miles of forest in the eastern port of Michigan&#39;s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula. Sun, 27 May 2012 17:32:38 +0000 The Associated Press 7638 at