Quick timber sale on as Michigan contains wildfire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Michigan authorities are holding a rush sale of timber in an area damaged by a 33-square mile fire in the northern Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that crews have finally managed to fully contain the Duck Lake fire in Luce County, three weeks after a lightning strike started it.

The wildfire destroyed 136 structures, including homes, outbuildings and campers. It temporarily closed Tahquamenon Falls State Park. No injuries were reported.

The DNR says it's moving fast to salvage timber in the fire area because of the potential for bugs infesting trees left standing.

The DNR says preparations are under way and says it's offering a tour June 21 for potential bidders. The bidding starts at 10 a.m. June 22 at its Newberry field office.

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