Firefighters continued their efforts to place a perimeter around the Sleeper Lake Fire today. Currently dozer line is constructed around approximately 70% of the fire perimeter. The fire is considered 25% contained.
The weather cooperated enabling crews to continue the direct attack on the fire. This afternoon, winds increased from the south and southeast pushing the fire to the northwest. National Guard helicopters continued to drop water on the fire to supplement the work of firefighters on the ground.
Firefighters continued to work protecting homes by creating additional, defensible space. This work includes clearing brush and ladder fuels, raking leaves and moving wood piles, propane tanks and other combustible materials away from the homes. In addition, a dozer line has been constructed between the structures and the fire.
New resources continue to arrive to provide additional staffing and rest time for fire personnel. One of these new resources is a heli-torch crew with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources out of St. Frances, Ontario. The members of the heli-torch crew are experts in ignition. They will assist firefighters in improving the fire perimeter through burning operations. Burning operations will only occur if weather conditions allow and firefighters complete the construction of dozer lines around 100 percent of the fire.
An Incident Meteorologist with the National Weather Service arrived today. He will provide on-site weather forecasting.
Resources: 220 people, including Michigan DNR, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Michigan National Guard, The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin DNR, Michigan State Police, Luce County Sheriff’s Department, National Weather Service, numerous Volunteer Fire Departments, Salvation Army, American Red Cross and keymen firefighters working for Michigan DNR.
Air Support - Four helicopters from the National Guard in Camp Grayling are assisting as well as Michigan DNR detection aircraft and the heli-torch from Ontario, Canada.
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