Officials: UP wildfire now 63 percent contained

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reporting more progress in battling a wildfire that has consumed about 21,500 acres.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports, however, that the DNR says it could smolder through the summer and take weeks to fully contain.

The DNR announced Friday that the nearly 34-square-mile fire in Luce County's Duck Lake area was 63 percent contained. Officials say the number of buildings confirmed destroyed by the fire that began last week remains at 132.

The DNR says a fire near Bodi Lake was started Monday by lightning, but it was knocked down. Crews were to check on it Friday.

Cooler temperatures helped in the firefighting effort.

A separate wildfire in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Schoolcraft County burned more than 5 square miles.

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