The Meridian Fire (downstate) has caused hundreds of nursing home residents to be evacuated. Several buildings have been destroyed and some owners have yet to be notified. If you want more info, go to
The extreme fire danger always concerns everyone. It sounds like this fire could have been avoided if some careless person was not burning debris. There was another fire around Camp Grayling, but that one has been contained and I believe totally put out. They are making headway with this fire.
You may recall that 3 years ago, in August, I was reporting on the Sleeper Lake Fire, just north of us. It consumed over 22,000 acres and was almost too close for comfort. So, we tend to be very nervous when the conditions are so dry. It is just a tinderbox in places.
Which brings me to my next concern; campfires....especially those that are started by campers who are just camping out in the woods. YOU MUST BE CAREFUL. Dan and I stress to our guests the importance of making sure that campfire is TOTALLY out before leaving or going to bed, but sometimes that doesn't do any good. And I worry about people using the nature trail and tossing out a cigarette. There is a LOT of "kindling" in our woods since having a bit of it logged out last year...and it is very dry stuff.
So, please, whether you are camping or driving down the road and smoking, THINK before you leave your campfire (or create one that is so large you can't get next to it for several hours) and THINK before tossing a lit cigarette out the window. Last year, a fire was started (not too far from here) from log chains creating a spark out in the woods in some tall grass. You just have to be very conscious of what you are doing.
5 months ago