U.P. Forest Fire Is Moving

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State officials closed down part of an Upper Peninsula road Friday to prepare for a fight against a wildfire that has burned at least 2,000 acres.

The fire that started near Sleeper Lake in Luce County was moving southeast toward M-123 between Newberry and Paradise. Firefighters planned to attack the blaze burning in a remote, unpopulated area, at the highway.

"It's growing as we speak," said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Ann Wilson.

Barricades were placed on M-123, but local traffic still could get through.

The DNR said the fire probably was started by lightning strikes in the area on Thursday.

No one had been injured or evacuated and no structures were threatened by the fire, Wilson said. The fire was on heavily forested, remote state property.

The fire was one of several burning in northern Michigan during an unusually dry period.

The fire danger in the state is very high, the DNR said. Residents are urged to use caution while camping and even while using any sort of equipment, such as a chainsaw or a lawnmower, that can throw a spark.

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