2018-07-07 / Top News

Fire Near Hessel Is Contained

A small fire began on an isolated piece of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forest property Tuesday afternoon, July 10, but a fast response from local firefighters meant the blaze was contained by the evening. The fire grew to 30 acres in size before it was brought under control. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

Local firefighters responding to the call included the U.S. Forest Service’s St. Ignace firefighters who were called in at the request of the DNR as part of their mutual aid agreement between agencies. While the fire is contained the forest service never declares a fire out until there are no remaining signs of any smoke. Firefighters from both the Forest Service and the DNR were back in the woods Wednesday, July 11, moping up any remaining issues.

Hiawatha National Forest St. Ignace District Ranger Robert West said the Eastern Upper Peninsula is experiencing drought-like conditions right now. Both local residents and visitors are advised to be cautious and constantly aware of their fires when starting campfires, smoking, or engaging in other similar activities. Federal and state-owned lands are both being monitored closely for fires at this time.

Original Post July 10

Fire Burning in Woods West of Hessel

Local fire departments have been dispatched into the woods west of Hessel Tuesday afternoon, July 10, in response to a fire that has been located burning on a piece of land just outside the boundary of the Hiawatha National Forest. The cause and size of this fire are not known at this time, but the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office reported that as of Tuesday at 4 p.m. it does not involve any structures.

The fire is north of M-134 in a remote area in the woods, with no direct access point. Fire departments and equipment from multiple area jurisdictions are responding, including the U.S. Forest Service’s St. Ignace firefighters who were dispatched at the request of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The location of the fire is near a power line, but it is unknown if that is related to the fire.

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