PHOTOS: A small campfire at a private residence quickly turned into a “raging forest fire” spanning over 100 acres in Northern Michigan over Memorial Day weekend. About 136 acres were affected by a wildfire that began Sunday, May 28, near the city of Manton -- which is just north of Cadillac in Northwest Michigan. The fire began as a small campfire at someone’s home, which then “escaped its ring and burned through dry grass,” according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Though the homeowner reportedly put water on the fire before heading inside, the fire grew, fueled by dry grass, dry leaves and needles on the ground, officials said. The 136-acre wildfire burned through jack pine trees, red pine trees and oak trees. The Fife Lake Springfield Fire Department said the campfire grew into a forest fire within minutes.