61
      Saturday
      78 / 56
      Sunday
      82 / 59
      Monday
      85 / 61

      Portion of Duck Lake Wildfire contained

      It's day four and the Duck Lake wildfire, believed to be caused by lightning, still burns. This wildfire has been pegged one of the largest in Michigan's recent history.

      DNR officials say there's no injuries or fatalities, but they're confirming one structure as destroyed, the Rainbow Lodge.

      "It was our business and our life, you know," said Kathy Robinson, co-owner of the lodge.

      She said she lost everything.

      "The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that these are things and people in your life is the most important thing because you always have your memories. You can never destroy your memories," Robinson said.

      More than 21,114 acres have been burned so far and 20 percent of the fire is contained. If the winds pick up, it does have the potential of spreading at that point; structures and many more resources would be at risk. Areas still raging, the eastern flank of the north end of the fire, from Pike Lake to Little Lake Harbor. South and west portions of the blaze have been contained.

      Terry Stark, Luce County Emergency Coordinator, urges people to stay back.

      "We need people to stay out of the area. We've got a lot of trucks and a lot of stuff moving in there, bulldozers, air crafts in the area. The congestion hampers their efforts to get in the fire to fight the fire," said Stark.

      More than 100 firefighters from eight different fire departments are battling the blaze. They've even called in the National Guard.

      Still, some residents like Steve Ernest says the fire could have been contained sooner.

      "I still don't understand. Maybe tomorrow at the public meeting they're going to tell us why they didn't contain the fire at the Swampy Lake Road or at 414 on Thursday," said Ernest.

      For latest information, residents are asked to go to a public meeting Sunday at 2 p.m. at the McMillan Township Hall in Newberry.

      For more information on the latest details, visit the DNR website.