DNR Update on Duck Lake Fire in Luce County

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Duck Lake Map For Luce County Fire - Yellow dots are structures. Pike Lake is in section 15 and 14. Fire origin is the green dot in section 27.

Duck Lake Map For Luce County Fire - Yellow dots are structures. Pike Lake is in section 15 and 14. Fire origin is the green dot in section 27.

The Department of Natural Resources has reported (as of 10 p.m. Thursday) on the fire that is currently burning explosively in the Two Hearted Zone Dispatch Area of the DNR’s Newberry Management Unit in Luce County. Fire behavior has been a fast-running crowning incident that has consumed an estimated 9,526 acres.

This is a lightning strike-caused fire in an area where access is difficult. Detection and initial attack occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. Containment efforts were halted after dark, with plans to resume in the morning. Strong winds and high temperatures the next day (May 24) enabled the fire to escape, build, and – with the highly flammable fuels involved – evolve into the current situation. The primary fuel feeding this fire is jack pine.

This event triggered an evacuation of the homes and camps on Pike Lake. Evacuees were sent to a shelter set up at the Newberry Youth Center and have been supported by the Red Cross. At this time there are no injuries or accidents related to this incident.

The DNR has committed the following equipment to the suppression effort of this fire:

Six tractor plows;
One D 5 bulldozer;
Seven wild land fire engines;
One marsh unit;
One skidder fitted to be a plow and a water unit; and
40 personnel.

In addition, the Bay Mills, Newberry Village, Portage Township, White Fish Township, Superior Township and Garfield Township provided support.

A related incident, the Pike Lake Fire, broke out on Monday, May 21, around 3 p.m. Suppression efforts on this fire had it contained at 22 acres late Monday evening. Mop-up efforts to extinguish hot spots continued through Thursday until the crew working this incident was forced away by the advancing Duck Lake Fire.

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2 Responses to DNR Update on Duck Lake Fire in Luce County

  1. I reported on the Sleeper Lake Fire via my blog in 2007 and will report on this fire via my blog. We live N of Newberry about 4.5 miles so are familiar with the area and what goes on. I appreciate that you had a map because so far, I can’t find one anyplace else.

    Cathy Clementz
    May 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

  2. The eastern upper penninsula is populated with logging companies, big or independant. Every logging operation has at least one or two bull dozers, and processors. Think about how much these guys could be a benificial factor in helping out our guys on the front line fighting this MONSTER.
    The DNR should offer some sort of program to our loggers; that in any event of a disaster like the DUCK LAKE fire, they would be fire saftey certified and there help would be available at any given time.

    May 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

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