I am breaking my once-a-week blogging pledge to reassure friends and family that we are completely safe from the massive wildfire which has torched at least 22,204 acres in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
We live in Baraga County, about 200 miles to the west of Luce County, a drive of almost four hours. This weekend, when the wind blew vigorously from the east, we smelled smoke, but otherwise we are far removed from the flames which spiked 200 feet high, according to earlier news reports.
The fire, known as the Duck Lake Wildfire, has burned at least 95 structures, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Crews are still working to contain the fire. As of 9 a.m. today, the fire was 51 percent contained. The fire fighters are having trouble securing the fire due to the remote accessibility of the southeast section.
The fire is currently burning 14 miles north of Newberry. Flame lengths within the fire’s perimeter are still 10 to 15 feet, and so far 21 miles of the 40-mile long perimeter is uncontained fire line, according to the DNR.
Here is a local TV 6 news YouTube video which aired this past weekend:
Just wanted to let you know we are safe and far removed from the danger of this particular wildfire. Thanks for your emails and comments expressing concern. Love you guys!
Sad for those in the midst of this fire’s turmoil…hoping that the flames will recede soon. Blessings for all involved.