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Wildfire hits Alger County
By Mary Feldhusen - firstname.lastname@example.org
MUNISING — A fire that began around 1:20 Monday afternoon in Alger County had burned an estimated 72 acres as of Monday night.
The fire is burning near Doe Lake, 4419 Section 16, said Celeste Chingwa, fire specialist with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources.“They have a control line around it and will be working it hard this morning,” Chingwa said today. The fire is burning in a field area with a lot of sand underneath.
Firefighters figure they’ll have a good handle on the fire later today, but winds are supposed to pick up later in the day, said Chingwa. Six DNR units are on the scene with trucks, tractors and other equipment. Eleven to 15 DNR firefighters are working in cooperation with volunteers from local fire departments, Chingwa said.
Those volunteers will be shuttling water again today to pump into the fire area. The forest service is there as well, said Chingwa. The agency had a hand crew of about 20 on the scene who held the fire along one edge. Acreage burned thus far in the fire was only estimated Monday, Chingwa said. DNR workers will be doing a global positioning system mapping of the fire area this morning. Cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Monday night, said Chingwa.
Extremely dry conditions are evident throughout the Upper Peninsula.
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