Besides finding out that I had posted a VERY INCORRECT map (and you have NO idea how badly I feel about that), I found out some interesting info about the various units helping with the fire.
First of all, the National Guard is supposed to be here this afternoon with four helicopters. Last word had it that the tankers that are hauling their fuel up here were waiting for permission to cross Mackinac Bridge (hazardous material). They hope to have them in the air yet today.
The Minnesota tankers (planes that scoop up water in their belly by flying very low over a lake) and the one chopper that is here already could NOT fly this morning because of all the smoke. They would have had no idea where they were going. Finally a day without wind. They figured that they would have been in the air by early afternoon (if not before).
Several local fire departments are assisting. It appears their main goal is to try to water down properties that might be in a potential area of fire. Also LEO is keeping an eye on properties while everyone is vacated.
The DNR hopes that VERY soon that they will be able to take people back in to their property in order to see how their property was affected. That does not mean that you will be able to stay.
And the DNR is asking for people who have property to contact them at this number and leave your property address and who you are. It will make getting in touch with the right people a lot quicker....
They are putting in 16 hour shifts working this fire. It has not advanced very far over night nor today from the sounds of it (thanks to the weather). Rain is still in the forecast, but none of the DNR personnel are holding their breath on that.
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