DNR says wildfire in Michigan's UP 55% contained

May 30, 2012

This morning the Michigan Department of Natural Resources released an update on the Duck Lake Fire, still burning in the Upper Peninsula.

According to the DNR, the fire, located in Luce County, was roughly 21,450 acres is size and about 55 percent contained, as of this morning.

From the DNR press release:

The latest estimate on structure loss is that there are 138 properties within the perimeter of the fire; 115 sites have been inspected to this point, with 23 sites remaining. Inspections are ongoing, and it is anticipated that they will be completed today. A total of 115 structures have been lost, with a breakdown as follows:

  • 41 homes/cabins
  • 22 garages
  • 27 sheds/outbuildings
  • 25 campers
  • 1 store
  • 1 motel

The DNR says crews were helped by rain yesterday and efforts continue to extend containment along fire lines and protect structures.

The bottom of the fire is located about 14 miles north of Newberry. Take a look at the map below to see the approximate size and location of the fire as of 7 p.m. last night.

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-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom