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Newberry, MI

THURSDAY, JUNE 7TH

8:30 A.M.
THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HAVE ANNOUNCED THE REOPENING OF THE ENTIRE DUCK LAKE FIRE AREA TO ALL PROPERTY OWNERS EFFECTIVE THIS EVENING AT 7 P.M.  PROPERTY OWNERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN AT THE M-123 AND C.R. 500 CHECKPOINT FOR A PLACARD THAT MUST BE DISPLAYED AT ALL TIMES.  PROOF OF OWNERSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.  A PLACARD WILL ALLOW TRAVEL TO AND FROM PERPERTY ONLY.
ALL ROADS AND TRAILS WILL BE REOPENED TO NON RESIDENTS ON MONDAY, JUNE 11 AT 10:00 A.M.
THE DNR REMINDS EVERYONE THAT FIRE EQUIPMENT REMAINS IN THE AREA.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH

4:15 P.M.
GOVENOR RICK SNYDER TODAY ISSUED A PROCLAMATON ENDING AN OUTDOOR BURNING BAN IN 49 COUNTIES AND A FIREWORKS BAN IN LUCE AND SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTIES.
BOTH BANS HAD BEEN IMPOSED UNDER AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WAS ISSUED ON MAY 25TH IN RESPONSE TO THE WILDFIRES THAT DESTROYED MRE THAN 20,000 ACRES OF LAND AND MORE THAN 100 BUILDINGS.


TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH

1:03 P.M.
AREAS OF THE TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK NORTH OF M-123 THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY CLOSED DUE TO PROXIMITY OF THE THE FIRE HAVE BEEN RE-OPENED TO THE PUBLIC. PARK STAFF MEMBERS HAVE BEEN CLOSELY MONITORING THE FIRE AND ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE AREAS NORTH OF M-123 ARE NOT AT RISK AND SAFE FOR VISITORS. RE-OPENED AREAS INCLUDE THE HIKING TRAILS NORTH OF M-123, THE STABLES PICNIC AREA, AND THE BETSY LAKE NATURAL AREA. WITH THIS RE-OPENING, ALL FACILITIES AND LANDS AT THE PARK ARE NOW OPEN.


MONDAY JUNE 4th

10:30AM
THE MICHIGAN DNR IS REPORTING THAT TOTAL ACREAGE ON THE DUCK LAKE FIRE HAS DECREASED I N SIZE. NEW GPS READINGS INDICATE THAT THE FIRE IS 21,094 ACRES AND IS CURRENTLY 76 %.

SATURDAY JUNE 2ND, 2012

6:30PM
THE MICHIGAN DNR AND LUCE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAVE JUST RELEASED FINAL PROPERTY NUMBERS FROM THEIR ASSESMENTS. 141 TOTAL PROPERTIES WERE INSPECTED.  IN ALL, 136 TOTAL STURCTURES WERE LOSSED, INCLUDING 49 HOMES/CABINS, 23 GARAGES, 38 OUTBUILDINGS, AND 26 CAMPERS.

3:30PM
THE MICHIGAN DNR HAS CLOSED MEAD FIRE LANE AND THE LITTLE TWO HEART AREAS DUE TO SAFETY ISSUES INVOLVING FALLING TREES AND SNAGS. COUNTY ROAD 500 WILL RE-CLOSE AT 9PM THIS EVENING. FULL TIME RESIDENTS MUST BE BACK AT THE THEIR PROPERTY OR LEAVE THE AREA BY THAT TIME.

10:00 A.M.
CURRENT CONTAINMENT REMAINS AT 71%.  THE APPROXIMATE ACREAGE EFFECTED IS 21,135. 

FRIDAY JUNE 1ST, 2012

5:55 P.M.
CURRENT CONTAIMNENT FIGURES PROVIDED BY THE DNR ARE UP TO 71%. UNDER THE EVACUEE RE-ENTRY, RESIDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN WITH FIRE OFFICIALS AT COUNTRY ROAD 500 OFF M-123 AND PROVIDE PROOF OF RESIDENCE/OWNERSHIP FOR ENTRY. 

2:45 P.M.
THE DNR ILL OPEN THE PIKE LAKE, BODI LAKE AND LITTLE LAKE HARBOR ARE TO PROPERTY OWNERS ONLY AT 9:00 A.M. SATURDAY MORNING.  PROPERTY OWNERS MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP SUCH AS TAX RECORD, UTILITY BILL WITH ADDRESS AND/OR LICENSE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE AREA.  PROPERTY OWNERS ARE ASKED TO MEET AT THE INTERSECTION OF M-12 AND C.R. 500 AT 9:00 A.M.  THE AREA REMAINS CLOSED AND OFF LIMITS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

10:30 A.M.
THE DNR IS REPORTING THE DUCK LAKE FIRE IS NOW 63% CONTAINED, WITH CURRENT GPS READINGS OF 21,331 ACRES EFFECTED.   THE COOLER TEMPERATURES HAVE ALLOWED FIRE CREWS TO CONSTRUCT FIRELINE ACROSS ALL OF DIVISION G IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE FIRE, ACROSS ROUGHLY ONE HALF OF THE EAST SIDE, AND ROUGHLY TWO THRIDS OF THE FIRE'S WEST SIDE.  CREWS CONTINUE TO REMOVE HAZARD TREES. THE LATEST ESTIMATE ON STRUCTURE LOSS IS UNCHANGED.


THURSDAY MAY 31ST, 2012

5:00 P.M.
GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER TODAY TOOK A FLIGHT TOUR OF THE DUCK LAKE FIRE AREA.  FOLLOWING THE TOUR, HE MET WITH DNR OFFICIALS.  SPEAKING WITH MEDIA PERSONNEL, HE EXPRESSED HIS THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE FIGHTING THE FIRE, THE COMMUNITY AND STRESSED HIS CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO LOST PROPERTY.

3:00 P.M.
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW TODAY VISITED THE FIRE SITES VIA A ROAD TOUR.  SHE OFFERED HER CONCERNS FOR ALL THOSE EFFECTED BY THE DUCK LAKE FIRE. SHE ALSO INFORMED US THAT SHE HAS SPOKEN WITH FEMA AGENCIES TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF ASSISTANCE CAN BE OFFERED TO THOSE WHO SUSTAINED LOSS.  SHE ALSO OFFERED HER GRATITUDE TO ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE WORKING SO HARD TO CONTROL THIS FIRE.

10:00 A.M.
CURRENT ACREAGE IS AT 21,458 WITH 57% CONTAINMENT.  COUNTY ROAD 414 EAST FROM THE INTERSECTION WITH COUNTY ROAD 410, AND COUNTY ROAD 500 FROM M-123 NORTH TO LITTLE LAKE HARBOR ARE STILL CLOSED.  PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE AREA.  THESE ROAD CLOSURE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THE LATEST ESTIMATE FOR STRUCTURE IS 138 PROPERTIES WITHIN THE PREIMETER OF THE FIRE.  A TOTAL OF 132 STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN LOST:
**46 HOMES/CABINS
**23 GARAGES
**35 SHED/OUTBUILDINGS
**26 CAMPERS
**  1 STORE
**  1 MOTEL


WEDNESDAY MAY 30TH, 2012

5:00 P.M.
THE DNR IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A PUBLIC MEETING.  AT THIS TIME, ALL LANDOWNER ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

8:30 A.M.
CURRENT UPDATED GPS READING BRING THE FIRE ACREAGE TO 21,450 WITH 55% CONTAINMENT (INCLUDED THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE LINE)  THERE WILL NOT BE ESCORTED VISIT FOR THOSE THAT ARE NOT PROPERTY OWNERS.

TUESDAY MAY 29TH, 2012

10:30 P.M.
THE MICHIGAN DNR WILL UPDATE FIRE ACREAGE AND CONTAINMENT NUMBERS FOR THE DUCK LAKE FIRE ON WEDNESDAY MORNING FOLLOWING THEIR BRIEFING. CREWS CONTINUE TO COLLECT TO MORE ACURATE GPS READINGS AND ARE USING THOSE TO UPDATE FIRE STATISTICS

10:27PM
THE TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK WILL RE-OPEN TO VISITORS ON WEDNESDAY. THE UPPER AND LOWER FALLS VIEWING AREAS, AS WELL AS THE VISITORS CENTER WILL BE OPEN. THE LOWER FALLS CAMPGROUND IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN AT NOON. HOWEVER, THE HIKING TRAILS NORTH OF M-123 WILL REMAINED CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  THE TAHQUAMENON FALLS BREWERY & PUB IS ALSO OPEN WEDNESDAY.

10:15PM
The Duck Lake Fire team really needs to hear from people who have property located within the fire area (especially those property owners that may be out of state). U.P. residents call 211; all others call 800-338-1119. Please give your name, fire number and road, and contact info so we can provide updates as damage assessments are completed. (Folks who've already called and provided fire number and road name do NOT need to call again.) 

5:00 P.M.
THE DNR WILL HOST AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING TOMORROW WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH BEGINNING AT 5:00 P.M. AT THE NEWBERRY COMMUNITY BUILDING LOCATED AT 405 NEWBERRY AVENUE. THIS MEETING IS DESIGNED FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN RECEIVING UPDATES ON THE FIRE.  THE DNR WILL PROVIDE CURRENT FIRE INFORMATION, AND UPDATES ON STRUCTURE LOSS.

8:27 A.M.
DUE TO MORE ACURATE GPS READINGS, THE DNR HAS BEEN ABLE TO REDUCE THE TOTAL ACREAGE SIZE. THE FIRE CURRENTLY STANDS IS 21,964 ACRES. THE FIRE CONTAINMENT NUMBERS HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO 47%, WHICH STILL INCLUDES THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORELINE. NO INJURIES OR ACCIDENTS HAVE BEEN RELATED IN RELATION TO THE FIRE. THE DNR ESTIMATES THAT ANYWHERE BETWEEN A QUARTER INCH AND 3/4 INCH OF RAIN FELL AT THE FIRE SITE YESTERDAY. 232 PERSONNEL ARE EXPECTED THE WORK THE FIRE TODAY.
THE MOST RECENT COUNT OF STRUCTURES DESTROYED IS 97, WHICH INCLUDE:

**34 HOMES/CABINS
**22 GARAGES
**22 SHEDS/OUTBUILDING
**17 CAMPERS
**  1 STORE
**  1 MOTEL


MONDAY MAY 28TH, 2012

5:15 P.M.
2 LARGER WATER CAPACITY PLANES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN FROM THE MARQUETTE AREA. BOTH PLANES HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE SITUATION ON RECENT FIRE ACTIVITY NEAR THE PIKE LAKE AREA.  CURRENTLY THEY ARE EXPERIENCES A MAJOR SHIFT IN THE WIND DIRECTION DUE TO THE SERVE WEATHER THAT IS MOVING INTO AND AROUND THE AREA.

4:15 P.M.
THE DNR IS REPORTING AN INCREASE IN FIRE ACTIVITY IN THE PIKE LAKE AREA.  REFERRING TO IT AS A "BLOW OUT" WITH CROWNING IN THE PINES. GROUND CREWS HAVE BEEN MOVED BACK, AND A HEAVY AIR ATTACK IS BEING ESTABLISHED.

4:00 P.M.
CURRENTLY 51% CONTAINMENT (A PORTION OF THAT REMAINS THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE LINE) THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT OF 3% SINCE EARLIER THIS MORNING. WITH THE INCREASE IN WINDS, TEMPERATURE AS WELL AS A DROP IN THE HUMIDITY, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR THE FIRE BECOMING MORE ACTIVE ALONG THE SOUTHEAST FLANK OF THE FIRE. TO COUNTERACT THAT, THEY ARE FOCUSING ON THAT AREA WITH A HEAVY AIR ATTACK.
 
10:35 A.M.
THE DNR AND ALL EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE REMINDING THE PUBLIC TO REMAIN OUT OF THE AREA FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC.

9:00 A.M.
AS OF THIS MORNING BRIEFING OF THE 100 PROPERTIES THAT HAVE BEEN ASSESSED, OF THOSE 100, 31 PROPERTIES HAVE SUFFERED LOSSES, SOME WIH MULTIPLE STRUCTURES. THOSE LOSSES INCLUDE 95 STRUCTURES LOSSED.  THIS LIST IS COMPILED OF HOMES, CABINS, GARAGES, OUTBUILDINGS AND SHEDS. 

**34 HOMES/CABINS
**22 GARAGES
**20 SHEDS/OUTBUILDING
**17 CAMPERS
**  1 STORE
**  1 MOTEL


PROPERTY OWNERS ARE INCOURAGED TO CALL 211 IN UPPER PENINSULA, AND OUT OF AREA CALL 1.800.338.1119

8:00 A.M.
ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT GPS DATA PUT THE CURRENT SIZE OF THE DUCK LAKE FIRE AT 22,204 ACRES. 48% CONTAINED WITH A PORTION OF THAT CONTAINMENT THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE LINE. 
PROPERTY DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN COMPLETED FOR THE PIKE LAKE AND LITTLE LAKE HARBOR AREAS, AND ONGOING ON THE REST OF THE FIRE.  CURRENTLY, 80 STRUCTURES - HOMES, CABINS, GARAGES, OUTBUILDINGS AND SHEDS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED DESTROYED BY THE FIRE, WITH SOME 100 PROPERTIES INVENTORIED FOR DAMAGE.
THE SOUTH END OF THE FIRE IS 14 MILES NORTH OF NEWBERRY AND 7 MILES WEST FROM TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUNDS. IT STRETCHES 11 MILES TO THE NORTH TO LAKE SUPERIOR.  CURRENTLY, THERE ARE 40 MILES OF FIRE LINE.  OF THAT, 6 MILES IS LAKE SUPERIOR SHORELINE, 13 MILES IS COMPLETED LINE, AND 21 MILES IS UNCONTAINED FIRE LINE. 

SUNDAY MAY 27TH, 2012

3:45 P.M.
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE PUBLIC MEETING HELD TODAY HOSTE BY THE DNR:
**IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 170 STRUCTURES WITHIN THE FIRE PERIMETER. 100 OF THOSE APPROXIMATE 170 HAVE BEEN ASSESSED. AT THIS TIME....

The Department of Natural Resources will host an information meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, in Newberry At the Community building located at 405 Newberry Avue. This is designed for community members interested in receiving updates about the fire. The DNR will provide current fire information, updates on structure losses and other topics of interest.

 

Fire personnel will be available to answer questions. Incident Commander Rich Ahnen will be present from approximately 6-7 p.m. Cooperating agencies will also be on hand to provide information about homeowner assistance programs, restoration topics and erosion prevention information for property owners near water.

4:00 P.M.
THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES REMINDS THE PUBLIC THAT THE TAHQUAMENON STATE PARK'S LOWER FALLS CAMPGROUND AND UPPER FALLS VIEWING AREA ARE STILL CLOSED, AND THAT ALL PREVIOUS ROAD CLOSURES ARE STILL IN FORCE. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALTHOUGH THERE IS CONTAINMENT IN AREAS, THIS IS STILL A DANAGEROUS SITUATION. 

11:30 A.M.
THE DNR AND THE LUCE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE FIRE AREA T CALL 211 (UPPER PENINSULA RESIDENTS), AND 1.800.338.1119 (OUT OF AREA) TO REGISTER THEIR STRUCTURE LOCATION (INCLUDING NAME OF ROAD), AND CONTACT INFORMATION.  AT THIS TIME, OFFICIALS DO NOT HAVE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALL PROPERITES WITHIN THE FIRE PERIMETER, SO IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT ALL LANDOWNERS MAKE CONTACT.


**29 HOMES AND CABINS LOST
**19 GARAGES LOST
**14 OUT BUILDING AND SHEDS LOST
**RAINBOW LODGE SUSTAINED HEAVY LOSSES
**ONE LOGGER LOST SEVERAL PIECES OF EQUIPMENT.
CONTINUED ASSESSMENTS OF THE REMAINING ESTIMATED STRUCTURES WILL BE DONE SHORTLY.
**LUCE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM WILL ARRANGE LAND OWNER VISITS SOMETIME LATER TODAY.  ONLY LAND OWERS WILL BE ALLOWED ACCESS.

2:50 P.M.
LIVE COVERAGE OF THE DUCK LAKE PUBLIC MEETING FINISHED JUST A SHORT WHILE AGO.  WE WILL BE RE-BROADCASTING THE MEETING AT 3:00 AND 4:30 P.M. TODAY.

10:10 A.M.
THE DNR HAS STATED THAT THE FIRE IS CURRENTLY 47% CONTAINED, HOWEVER, OF THAT 20% IS DUE TO THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE LINE. THE OTHER 27% CONTAINMENT IS IN THE NORTH EAST LINE OF THE FIRE.
THE RED CROSS SHELTER AND HEADQUARTERS IS IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING INTO THE AMERICAN LEGION, POST 74. SUPPLIES, FOOD, AND INFORMATION IS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE YOUTH CENTER LOCATED ON HELEN STREET.

8:38 A.M.
ACTUAL ACREAGE OF BURNED AREA HAS BEEN ADJUSTED DUE TO A MORE COMPREHENSIVE GPS READING. THE CURRENT SIZE AS OF THIS MORNING IS 20,255.  PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER BETWEEN PIKE AND LITTLE LAKE.  A WIDE DOZER LINE HAS BEEN ASTABLISHED IN THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THE FIRELINE.  STRONG AIR SUPPORT TODAY WITH THE NATIONAL GUARDS 4 HELICOPTERS AS WELL AS THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE HELICOPTER.

SATURDAY MAY 26, 2012

6:35 P.M.
THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS ARRIVED BRINGING WITH THEM 4 BUCKET DUMP HELICOPTERS.  THE FIRE REMAINS VERY ACTIVE, PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTH EAST SECTOR BETWEEN PIKE LAKE AND LITTLE LAKE HARBOR.  AT THE NORTH WEST PART OF THE FLANK, THERE IS CONFIDENCE THAT 1/3 OF THAT AREA CAN BE DECLARED CONTAINED.  THE OVER ALL FIRE CONTAINMENT IS AT 20% WITH A REMINDER THAT INCLUDES THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE LINE.

4:40 P.M.
PIKE LAKE AND LITTLE LAKE RESIDENTS YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL 211 (THIS IS NMU CALL CENTER) FROM OUR LOCAL AREA, OR OUT OF THE AREA CALL 1.800.338.1119 TO PROVIDE FIRE NUMBER, CONTACT INFORMATION AND THE LOCATION OF YOUR PROPERTY.

2:09 P.M.
THE DNR WILL HOST A PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 2:00 P.M., SUNDAY, MAY 27TH AT THE McMILLAN TOWNSHIP HALL (NEWBERRY COMMUNITY BUILDING) LOCATED AT 405 NEWBERRY AVENUE.

 OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN DEPLOYED AND ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOMETIME THIS AFTERNOON.

LUCE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IS ATTEMPTING TO ESTABLISH WAYS TO CONFIRM THE NUMBER OF STRUCTURES LOST, AND TO CONTACT OWNERS TO UPDATE THEM ON THE STATUS OF THEIR PROPERTY. CREWS HAVE BEEN ASSESSNG DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

12:44 P.M.
THE SOUTH END OF THE FIRE IS 14 MILES NORTH OF NEWBERRY AND 7 MILES WEST FROM TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUNDS.  IT CURRENTLY STRETCHES 11 MILES TO THE NORTH TO LAKE SUPERIOR.  THE FIRE AREA INCLUDEDS 6 MILES OF LAKE SUPERIOR SHORELINE AND 29.5 MILES OF UNCONTAINED FIRE LINE.  A TOTAL OF 101 FIREFIGHTERS ARE BATTLING THIS FIRE.

9:24 A.M.
THE FIRE IS CURRENTLY AT 21114 ACRES AND TRAVELING EAST.  THE DNR HAS CONFIRMED IT HAS CROSSED C.R. 500 IN TWO LOCATIONS, SOUTH OF CULHANE LAKE, AND NORTHEAST OF PIKE LAKE. ALSO CONFIRMED IS A 20% CONTAINMENT, HOWEVER THE DNR STRESSES A PORTION OF THE CONTAINMENT IS DUE TO THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE LINE.  RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE URGED TO REMAIN OUT OF THE AREA AS THIS IS STILL A SERIOUS SITUATION.  ALL ROAD CLOSURES REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

8:40 A.M.
MICHIGAN DNR PRESS RELEASE FOR MAY 25, 2012 10:51 P.M.

http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/MIDNR-42111c
 

8:30 A.M.
COUNTY ROAD 500 - FROM M-123 UP TO LITTLE LAKE- REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO THE FIRE, HOWEVER THE FIRE HAS NOT CROSSED C.R. 500. COUNTY ROAD 414 REMAINS CLOSED UP TO CR410. MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO BE ADVISED TO STAY AWAY FROM FIRE AREAS.

FRIDAY MAY 25, 2012

5:32 P.M.
BY ORDER OF GOVERNOR SNYDER, EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 2012-8 DECLARED A STATE OF DISASTER IN LUCE AND SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY DUE TO A WILDFIRE THAT HAS CONSUMED OVER 19,000 ACRES OF LAND, CAUSING SEVERE DAMAGE AND LOSS OF PROPERTY. THE MICHIGAN NATIONAL GUARD IS ACTIVATD UNTIL SUCH TIME AS DETERMINED BY THE ADJUTANT GENERAL.

4:19 P.M.
THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT, DUE TO THE GROWING DUCK LAKE WILDFIRE IT WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE THE TAHQUAMENON STATE PARK'S LOWER FALLS CAMPGROUND AND UPPER FALLS VIEWING AREA.  THE DNR IS EVACUATING ALL VISITORS FROM THE LOWER FALLS CAMPGROUND AND UPPER FALLS AREA.  THESE AREAS WILL ALSO BE BARRICADED TO PREVENT SUBSEQUENT ENTRY.

1:30 P.M.
MANDATORY EVACTUATION: THOSE IN THE VICINITY IMMEDIATELY TO THE EAST OF PIKE LAKE ARE TOLD TO LEAVE THE AREA.


11:10 A.M.
ROAD CLOSURES ON C.R. 414 UP TO C.R. 410 AND C.R. ROAD 500 FROM M-123 TO LITTLE LAKE HARBOR REMAIN CLOSED.
INITIALLY THE 1.5 WIDE FIRE HEAD PASSED BY PIKE LAKE TO THE WEST REACHING THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE AT APPROX. 9:40 PM. DURING THE NIGHT AT 2:00 AM AS A WEATHER FRONT PASSED THROUGH THE AREA, THE WINDS SHIFTED TO THE WEST/NORTHWEST.  LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED WINDS ESTIMATED GREATHER THAN 50 MPH WITH THE SHIFT.  WHAT HAD BEEN THE EAST FLANK NORTH OF PIKE LAKE BECAME THE HEAD AND A CONFLAGRATION ERUPTED AS HE FIRE RACED TO THE EAST/NORTHEAST.  STURCTURE LOSS HAS OCCURED, HOWEVER NO SPECIFICS AT THIS TIME WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE RAINBOW LODGE WHICH IS A TOTAL LOSS. SOMETIME THIS AFTERNOON AIR SUPPORT WILL ARRIVE WHICH INCLUDES TWO WATER BOMBERS AND A HELICOPTER.

8:40 A.M.
AS OF 5:30 THIS MORNING IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THIS FIRE HAS BURNED 17,000 ACRES.  ROADS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED ARE 500 FROM M-123 TO LITTLE LAKE HARBOR AS WELL AS C.R. 414 TO 410. 

1:30 A.M.
THE PIKE LAKE/DUCK LAKE FIRE IS CURRENTLY ESTIMATED TO HAVE BURNED 9,526 ACRES.  CREWS FROM THE BAY MILLS, NEWBERRY VILLAGE, PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, WHITE FISH TOWNSHIP, SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, AND GARFILED TOWNSHIP PROVIDED SUPPORT TO THE DNR AND THEIR PERSONNEL OF 40.

 

THURSDAY MAY 24TH 2012

5:56 P.M.
RESIDENTS IN THE RAINBOW LODGE AREA AND 2 HEARTED RIVER MOUTH AREA ARE BEING ASKED TO EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY.

5:33 P.M.
FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE DNR, LUCE, CHIPPEWA AND MACKINAC COUNTIES ARE ON THE SCENE OF THE PIKE LAKE FIRES.  CURRENTLY, THE FIRE IS APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES LONGS AND 1 MILE WIDE TRAVELING IN A NORTH NORTHEAST DIRECTION NEAR PIKE LAKE IN NORHTERN LUCE COUNTY.  LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE EVACUATING THE AREA.  RED CROSS OFFICIALS HAVE OPEND A SHELTER AT THE NEWBERRY YOUTH CENTER LOCATED ON HELEN STREET.  OFFICIALS ARE ASKING THAT PEOPLE PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE AREA UNTIL THE FIRE IS BETTER CONTAINED.

3:37 P.M.
AN IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF THE PIKE LAKE ARE RESIDENCES. (NORTH AND EAST) WHICH IS LOCATED NORTH OF NEWBERRY DUE TO A WILDFIRE
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FIRE INCIDENT REPORT

 

 

 

 

Duck Lake Fire

May 27, 2012: 7:00 AM

Public Meeting Notice: The DNR will be hosting a public meeting on Sunday, May 27 at 2:00PM at the McMillan Township Hall. The meeting is for those residents that were evacuated or have questions about evacuations and will focus on general fire information and structure losses. DNR fire staff, Public Information Officers, Law Enforcement, and Luce County Emergency Management Team will be in attendance at the meeting.

Community Support: The Duck Lake Fire staff and DNR would like to express their gratitude for the outpouring of support from Newberry, Luce County and the entire region. The numerous citizens lining the streets of Newberry to welcome the fire crews back after a long hard day of fighting fire on the lines is very much appreciated. The Red Cross has also been inundated with donations of food, clothes, Gatorade, and water for both the evacuees and fire staff. The firefighters would especially like to thank all of the Tahquamenon Area Girl Scout Troops for donating $300 from their newspaper and magazine recycling project to provide snacks and goodies for the fire staff while they are out on the fire line. A special thanks also to Snyder Drugs for working with the troops to provide the snacks to the firefighters. Current Status:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: The south end of the fire is 14 miles north of Newberry and 7 miles west from Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds. The fire is long and narrow and stretches 11 miles to the north to Lake Superior. There are currently 40 miles of fire line. Of that fire line, 6 miles is Lake Superior shoreline, 13 miles is completed line (includes County Road 500), and 21 miles is uncontained fire line. Access is very difficult with few roads.
Today’s incident objectives are

 

to provide for public and firefighter safety

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provide for structure protection

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keep fire north of M-123

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keep fire in vicinity of County Rd. 500

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hold fire inside constructed dozer line on northwest flank

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hold fire inside burnout operations on the northeast flank

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and continue getting GPS data on completed line.

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Yesterday’s Progress:

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securing portions of the fire perimeter especially along the northwest flank from Lake Superior south to County Road 414 and at the south end (heel) of the fire.

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North of Pike Lake the fire has extended east to County Road 500, with the fire crossing the road in two locations. Fire lines in this area are currently holding.

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South of Pike Lake the fire is well west of County Road 500.

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Air water drops have knocked down hot spots from Little Lake Harbor south to Culhane Lake.

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Structure protection is high priority and is being closely monitored from the air.

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The entire east side of the fire, from Little Lake Harbor south, is active and with expected westerly/northwesterly winds, extreme fire conditions persist. Flame lengths within the fire perimeter are still 10 to 15 feet. Potential for blow-up conditions continue.

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Nighttime Fire Suppression Efforts: Three VFD fire engines patrolled the lines and continued suppression of hot spots.

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Today’s Fire Suppression Efforts: Today’s fire suppression activities will focus holding existing secure line, fortifying established line put in yesterday, and extending fire lines north from the fire heel along both the east and west flanks. A burn out operation yesterday to create black line along Co. Rd. 500 on the northeast flank will be monitored and mopped up where needed to secure this portion of the flank. Air operations will be focusing efforts on the east and south west flanks and structure protection.

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Evacuations: An evacuation order is in effect for the area from Pike Lake east to County Road 500 and north to Little Lake Harbor. Residents are advised to be vigilant and evacuate.

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Road Closures: County Road 414 east from the intersection with County Road 410, and County Road 500 from M-123 north to Little Lake Harbor are closed. Please DO NOT enter the area.

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Structures: A number of structures have been damaged or lost. The Luce County Emergency Management Team, DNR conservation officers, and firefighters will continue to assess damage. Concerned parties should phone 211 (Upper Peninsula residents) and 1-800-338-1119 (all others) to register their structure location and contact information. As the structure inventory and damage assessment are completed, the involved parties will be contacted by the DNR and informed of the status of their property.

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park Closure: The Park’s lower falls campground, upper falls viewing area, and visitor center have been closed due to smoke concerns.

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Crews on the fire: Total of 229 personnel (of which 40 are overhead personnel) are involved with fire suppression efforts.

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Three Conservation Officers on duty around the clock.

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Volunteer fire departments: Bay Mills, Garfield Township, Columbus Township, Portage Township, Whitefish Township, Superior Township, Village of Newberry, Seney Township, and Kinross Township.

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13 DNR fire engines, 10 volunteer fire department engines, 2 VFD fire department water tankers, 3 Wisconsin DNR engines.

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12 Michigan DNR and 2 Wisconsin DNR bulldozers

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1 US Fish & Wildlife Service Helicopter

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2 Minnesota DNR Air Tankers

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4 Michigan National Guard aircraft and ground support.

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Cooperating Agencies: Michigan State Police, Luce County Sherriff’s Department, Red Cross, Michigan State Police Emergency Management, Luce County Emergency Management, Michigan National Guard, Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, Chippewa County Sheriff Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Weather: A warm front moving through this morning and may bring some rain on the fire area which is expected to clear by noon. Temperatures in the low 70s and a relative humidity of 50% or greater are expected.

It is essential that the public realize and respect the extreme danger this fire poses to especially areas east of the entire 10 mile long east flank. 48% of the fire area is contained. The rain and the predicted weather for today will aid progress in constructing additional fire control lines and securing existing line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:03pm
AREAS OF THE TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK NORTH OF M-123 THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY CLOSED DUE TO PROXIMITY TO THE FIRE, HAVE BEEN RE-OPENED TO THE PUBLIC. PARK STAFF MEMBERS HAVE BEEN CLOSELY MONITORING THE FIRE AND ARE CONFIDENT THE AREAS OF THE PARK NORTH OF M-123 ARE NOT AT RISK AND ARE SAFE FOR PARK VISITORS. RE-OPENED AREAS TODAY INCLUDE THE HIKING TRAILS NORTH OF M-123, THE STABLES PICNIC AREA, AND THE BETSY LAKE NATURE AREA.