The Duck Lake Wildfire burning in northern Luce County is now at 21,114 acres. As of Saturday evening, it is 20 percent contained.
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. The fire area includes 6 miles of Lake Superior shoreline and 29.5 miles of uncontained fire line. The fire has extended northeast beyond Little Lake Harbor and is active all along its entire east flank.
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. County Road 414 to County Road 410 and County Road 500 from M-123 north to Little Lake Harbor are closed.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park has been closed and campers have been directed to other facilities.
More than 100 firefighters are on the scene. This is a list of the personnel and equipment fighting the fire. -- 49 DNR firefighters; -- 24 volunteer fire department personnel from the following volunteer fire departments: Bay Mills, Garfield Township, Columbus Township, Portage Township, Whitefish Township, Superior Township, Village of Newberry -- 10 DNR fire engines, 7 volunteer fire department engines, 2 fire department water tankers. -- 10 DNR bulldozers -- 1 US Fish & Wildlife Service helicopter -- 2 Minnesota DNR air tankers
Fire officials say Saturday will hopefully see an increase in relative humidity throughout the day with the possibility of precipitation Saturday night.
Efforts will again be concentrated on the east side of the fire, especially the area around Pike Lake where numerous structures exist. Suppression efforts will also include fire line construction in other locations including the west flank which may become more active with anticipated changes in wind direction.
On Friday, May 25, Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster in Luce and Schoolcraft counties. The declaration permits authorities to evacuate residents, and establishes a fireworks ban in the two affected counties and an outdoor burning ban in 49 counties:Alcona, Alger, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Schoolcraft and Wexford.
The DNR strongly encourages all residents and visitors ?? statewide ?? to avoid open burning and use of any fireworks during this extremely high fire-danger season, in order to minimize the possibility of more wildfires.
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