News Release 5/23/12
Pine Creek North Wildfire
The wildfire on the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, ignited by
lightning and first reported on Monday, May 21, has burned
approxiamately 1,500 acres as of Tuesday evening.
On Monday and
Tuesday, fire crews, including three amphibious track crews, three
engine crews and a Midewin hotshot crew worked to strengthen barriers
around the fire. The strategy being
taken is to contain the fire in an area surrounded by Holland Ditch to
the North, Pine Creek Road to the West and the Fishing Loop to the East
and South. Crews have burned out fuel along Holland Ditch and Pine
Creek. A CL 215 air tanker assisted Tuesday afternoon to help control
the fire while crews were establishing containment lines. Some spotting
has occurred west of Pine Creek Road and crews were attempting to
contain these spots late Tuesday and will continue Wednesday morning. A
helicopter is working the spot fires outside of the line. If fire
crosses Pine Creek Road the plan is to contain fire to the wet areas to
the north along Pine Creek. The containment area is approxiamately 2,500
acres in size.
No structures are threatened. The fire is not fully contained but progress is being made.
Any media questions from local media outlets can be directed to Jennifer McDonough, Visitor Services, (906) 586-9851 ext.16
If you have questions about road closures or where you can visit on the
Refuge currently, please call the visitor center, (906) 586-9851 ext.
Areas closed include:
Pine Ridge Nature Trail
All interior roads East of Driggs River Road and North of Robinson Road
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