Crews battling wildfire in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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Two Forest Roads Closed During Fire Suppression
July 1,2016.

Canadians road-tripping into the Hiawatha Highlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this weekend may want to know about an active forest fire in the vicinity of Hiawatha National Forest.

Hiawatha_National_ForestmapOn Thursday, June 30th,2016 a wildfire was detected on remote Hiawatha National Forest lands north of the community of Trout Lake and west of Highway M-123.  Two Forest Roads have been temporarily closed to assist wildland firefighting activity.  Forest Road 3145 (also called Wilwin Road) is closed between M-123 and H-40.  Forest Road 3343 is closed at M-123.

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources report that 125 acres of forest have burned in 3 separate Upper Peninsula fires.

Department of Natural Resource firefighters were working Friday to clean up a stubborn fire in a marshy area near Pickford that has been hard for crews to access.

The fire, which was discovered on Wednesday, June 29, has burned about 82 acres northeast of Pickford, near Munuscong Bay in the Upper Peninsula’s Chippewa County.

The Hiawatha National Forest is geographically located between three Great Lakes (Michigan, Superior, Huron) in the central and eastern portions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Rolling hills forested with northern hardwoods, white pine and hemlock, flatland covered by red pine, jack pine, and aspen, and large open and tree covered wetlands form the 890,000 acres of the Hiawatha National Forest.

It’s one of three fires in the U.P. that the DNR and National Forest Service have responded to this week, according to DNR reports.

The fire danger rating for the area is currently listed at “very high.”

“We are implementing full suppression, utilizing natural and manmade barriers in a confine strategy to minimize risk and exposure to firefighters and the public,” stated Jon Agner, Fire Management Officer for Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests.
“With the (American & Canadian) holiday weekend (s) upon us, we also want to remind the public to be very careful with campfires, and that fireworks are always prohibited on national forest lands,” said Agner.

Updates from National Forest Service are available at: www.fs.usda.gov