The weather cooperated today and firefighters were able to construct a dozer line around the northwest portion of the fire. Firefighters continue to expand and improve previously constructed dozer lines. The expansion of these lines will be very important during any significant wind events.
Ignition specialists have been preparing to perform burnout operations with the heli-torch over the last two days. These operations began around 5 PM this evening. These burnout operations will enhance existing dozer lines in the northwest portion of the fire.
County Road 407 remains closed to through traffic from Halfway Lake to Pine Stump Junction, and evacuation orders remain in effect. M-123 is open, but a 25 mph speed limit has been established in the vicinity of the fire. Please drive slowly and safely. Motorists are advised that construction is also occurring on M-123.
While the fire has impacted some public use in the immediate vicinity, numerous opportunities for camping and recreation remain in the Newberry area and throughout the Upper Peninsula. We encourage travelers to continue with their vacation plans.
The Sleeper Lake Fire organization has been overwhelmed with the very generous outpouring of support for the fire suppression effort. Meals, fruit, baked goods, drinks, snacks, personal care products, and a multitude of other items have been pouring in from all over the state. Firefighters are extremely grateful for all that the local and statewide communities have done and want to let everyone know how welcomed they feel. However, we’re running out of storage space. The Incident Command Team requests that organizations and individuals who are interested in continuing to support the cause consider a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Size: 18,158 acres. Containment is currently estimated at 25%.
Location: Luce County, north of the Village of Newberry. The south line is a dozer line between M-123 and County Road 407, northern line is east of Pine Stump Junction, the east line runs along a portion of M-123 and the west line runs parallel to County Road 407.
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