U.P. Fire Costing Millions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Officials say the cost of fighting an 18,000-acre wildfire in the Upper Peninsula has grown to $5 million.
Crews continued to work through the weekend fighting the Luce County fire that's about 80 percent contained.
Authorities were telling firefighters to expect a long day today patrolling fire control lines and to be prepared for flare-ups and other fire starts. State officials say strong wind gusts and high temperatures -- along with the fire's behavior -- are expected to be among the most critical since the last flare-up August 21st.
Firefighters have strengthened fire lines and reduced hot spots, especially along the western edge. A water-handling system has pumped 1.3 million gallons of water out of creeks and swamps into the area.


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