At Saturday morning’s briefing, Russ MacDonald, Incident Commander at the Sleeper Lake Fire, told Fire Fighters, “the fire belongs to us, we control the fire line. We can’t count on the rain, but we can count on the dedication and hard work by all of the fire fighters to put this fire out.” Thursday’s rainfall, provided good working conditions of Friday, both by abating the dust and by limiting fire activity. Today will be a good working day to patrol, monitor and mop up. Sheltered fuels under forest canopy will continue to smolder.
The Infra-red flight originally scheduled to be flown with the Michigan State Police helicopter was canceled when that was unable to fly from Lansing to Newberry due to heavy storms in the Ingham County area. However, the Infra-red flight did take place last evening using one of the Black Hawk helicopters. The Infra-red images show hot spots primarily along the west and northwest edges of the fire along County Road 407 with scattered hot spots near Chesbrough Lake and Murphy Creek.
County Road 407 is open to through traffic, however please drive with caution and with your lights on in this area. The Chesbrough Lake area and County Road 420 remain under evacuation orders.
Anyone wishing to access properties within the evacuated zones should contact the Sheriff Department’s office directly at 906-293-8431.
Resources: 220 fire fighting personnel remain on the fire including 21 Army and 2 Air National Guard. Canada and Wisconsin have contributed much needed resources including equipment and 60,000 feet of hose. In addition, one volunteer Fire Department-Columbus Township remains activated.
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