Wildfire brought under control in northern Michigan

  • Source: Detroit News - Metered Site
  • Published: 05/22/2020 12:00 AM

State officials said Friday that a wildfire in Crawford County in northern Michigan had been brought under control. The blaze, which spread across more than 100 acres that included privately owned jack pine stands, prompted evacuations from about 70 homes near Grayling. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. Friday along M-72 between Stephan Bridge Road and S. Horseshoe Trail, about eight miles east of Grayling, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The fire, which burned a swath about one mile long and 0.2 miles wide, was contained around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, DNR said. Evacuated residents returned to their homes shortly after 9 p.m. Two outbuildings were destroyed. State officials said dry conditions in the northern Lower Peninsula, after a few days of dry conditions and the presence of jack pine, which is fire-prone, led to the blaze.


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