Although the Duck Lake Fire made two serious runs last night, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources today reported its estimated size at 21,694 acres. The fire did spot across the line in at least one place. The department continues to get more accurate GPS information in order to get a better grasp on the exact size of the fire. Forty-seven percent of the fire area is contained.
The south end of the fire is 14 miles north of Newberry and 7 miles west from Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds. A long and narrow fire, it stretches 11 miles to the north to Lake Superior. There are currently 40 miles of fire line. Of that fire line, 6 miles is Lake Superior shoreline, 13 miles is completed line (includes County Road 500), and 21 miles is uncontained fire line. Access remains very difficult with few roads.
The latest estimate is that there are 134 properties within the perimeter of the fire, of which 99 have been inspected to this point. Of the 99 properties inspected, 39 properties have suffered losses. On the 39 properties that suffered losses, 97 structures were lost. The structure losses breakdown as follows:
- 34 homes/cabins
- 22 garages
- 22 sheds/outbuildings
- 17 campers
- 1 store
- 1 motel