North Newberry Fires - May, 2012
treetops

United States

#162 May 27, 2012
Troll, ESB and Spile looks alright. No rain yet.
treetops

United States

#163 May 27, 2012
Sunday AM, just started, a very light rain.
Little Two Hearted

United States

#164 May 27, 2012
Hmm, it appears that we MAY have offended some people by commenting on the DNR's lack of timely and appropriate response. However, we are VERY thankful for all the work the firemen are doing up there and grateful no one has been hurt. We think the Red Cross has been wonderful to us-- they couldn't have been better. But when things calm down, we also think there needs to be some changes made in how this gets handled in the future. We think it's important to get involved in that. It is not our desire to offend anyone, including the DNR, but we think there needs to be some changes made here. I doubt highly we are the only ones either as people are already being quoted in the news with that opinion. This seemed avoidable to us and there are livelihoods and people's lives to protect here. So I hope we have not offended any of you. Not our intention.But we think in conditions like that, with that wind and the extent of the dryness, (and the proximation to people's homes), they should have called in air support immediately when that fire was manageable. And we hope changes in this procedure will be forthcoming. Certainly it would have saved money, resources, and property.We hope all of you are ok and that your camps/homes turn out to be intact. Best.
High Place

United States

#165 May 27, 2012
Is it raining up there yet?
Web

Bellevue, MI

#166 May 27, 2012
It's raining down here by Gaylord. Weather map looks kind of patchy up by the fire in the UP.
High Place

United States

#167 May 27, 2012
Web wrote:
It's raining down here by Gaylord. Weather map looks kind of patchy up by the fire in the UP.
Yeah, DNR says it's going to rain just a bit then be sunny hot and windy. Great. Radar seems to show that, too. Can't seem to catch a break.
PikeLaker

Troy, MI

#168 May 27, 2012
My husband is on his way to the meeting in Newberry. He just called from the M123 turnoff near St. Ignace and says it is pouring down rain so hopefully it is also raining over the fire.
Indian

Holland, MI

#169 May 27, 2012
Skidoochick, just found a website that says don't know status of Little Lake
Resort, are they full of it?
treetops

United States

#170 May 27, 2012
Little Two, I guess you have a right to say what you want, when you are displaced and maybe lost your home. This was a 20 acre fire at Homestead Lake, that was out, per the DNR. I expect professional service from a state employee that is in charge of the Newberry Fire District. And I will have more to say on professional conduct VS compensation. Equipment breaking down and the lack of opperators is also in my thoughts.

The small amount of rain did't do anything. The wind has been every direction today, very dangerous to the fire people in the woods.

Since: May 12

Springfield, NJ

#171 May 27, 2012
I have not heard anything definate on little lake. One person said damage yesterday but nothing for sure. I do agree this could have been handled differently true but it's easy to be the armchair quarterback. We are fortunate they saved our place and are grateful. It was our cabin etc. Others have lost everything. We will do whatever we can to help those ppl.
Timber Jack - Chesbrough

Escanaba, MI

#172 May 27, 2012
LET'S KEEP THIS FORUM A POSITIVE, AND INFORMATIONAL NETWORK. LETS USE POSITIVE ENERGY.

There is not any value to those of us monitoring to read speculation as to how some people think a emergency situation could have being handled differently.

This fire burned more acres in the first 2 days than any other Michigan fire burned during 48 hours over the last 100 years. There were terrible conditions.

Most of the current 20,000 acres were within about a 10 hour period Thursday when the fire burned that 10 mile path, 1.5 miles long from the headwaters of Widgeon Creek to Lake Superior.

Think about all the fires in Michigan over the years that have been extinquished by fire fighting profesionals after 2 or 10 or 100 or 1000 acres.

And they have done it relatively safely over the yeasr while being in the "line of fire". Let's keep those fire fighters in our thoughts.
Timber Jack - Chesbrough

Escanaba, MI

#173 May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012 FROM DNR WEB SITE
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today offered this update on the Duck Lake Fire in the Upper Peninsula's Luce County.
New GPS data show that the fire is now estimated to cover 20,255 acres. Forty-eight percent of the fire area is contained.
The south end of the fire is 14 miles north of Newberry and 7 miles west from Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds. The fire is long and narrow and stretches 11 miles to the north to Lake Superior. There are currently 40 miles of fire line. Of that fire line, 6 miles is Lake Superior shoreline, 13 miles is completed line (includes County Road 500), and 21 miles is uncontained fire line. Access is very difficult with few roads.
Saturday, firefighters made progress on securing portions of the fire perimeter especially along the northwest flank from Lake Superior south to County Road 414 and at the south end of the fire. North of Pike Lake the fire has extended east to County Road 500, with the fire crossing the road in two locations. Fire lines in this area are currently holding.
South of Pike Lake the fire is well west of County Road 500. Air water drops have knocked down hot spots from Little Lake Harbor south to Culhane Lake. Structure protection is high priority and is being closely monitored from the air. The entire east side of the fire, from Little Lake Harbor south, is active and with expected westerly/northwesterly winds, extreme fire conditions persist. Flame lengths within the fire perimeter are still 10 to 15 feet. Potential for blow-up conditions continue.
During the night, three VFD fire engines patrolled the lines and continued suppression of hot spots.
Today's incident objectives are:
-- To provide for public and firefighter safety
-- To provide for structure protection
-- To keep the fire north of M-123
-- To keep fire in vicinity of County Rd. 500
-- To hold fire inside constructed dozer line on northwest flank
-- To hold the fire inside burnout operations on the northeast flank
-- To continue gathering GPS data on completed line.
Timber Jack - Chesbrough

Escanaba, MI

#174 May 27, 2012
Today's fire suppression activities will focus on holding existing secure line, fortifying established line put in yesterday, and extending fire lines north from the fire heel along both the east and west flanks. A burn out operation yesterday to create black line along Co. Rd. 500 on the northeast flank will be monitored and mopped up where needed to secure this portion of the flank. Air operations will be focusing efforts on the east and south west flanks and structure protection.
An evacuation order is in effect for the area from Pike Lake east to County Road 500 and north to Little Lake Harbor. Residents are advised to be vigilant and evacuate.

County Road 414 east from the intersection with County Road 410, and County Road 500 from M-123 north to Little Lake Harbor are closed. Please do not enter the area.

A number of structures have been damaged or lost. The Luce County Emergency Management Team, DNR conservation officers, and firefighters will continue to assess damage.
Concerned parties should phone 211 (Upper Peninsula residents) and 1-800-338-1119 (all others) to register their structure location and contact information.

As the structure inventory and damage assessment are completed, the involved parties will be contacted by the DNR and informed of the status of their property.

A Reminder: The DNR will be hosting a public meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the McMillan Township Hall at the corner of M-123 and Truman in Newberry. The meeting is for those residents who were evacuated or have questions about evacuations and will focus on general fire information and structure losses. DNR fire staff, public information officers, law enforcement, and the Luce County Emergency Management Team will be in attendance at the meeting.

The Tahquamenon Falls State Park's lower falls campground, upper falls viewing area, and visitor center have been closed due to smoke concerns.

A total of 229 personnel (of which 40 are overhead personnel) are involved with fire suppression efforts.
Agencies, people and equipment involved include:
• Three DNR Conservation Officers on duty around the clock.
• Volunteer fire departments: Bay Mills, Garfield Township, Columbus Township, Portage Township, Whitefish Township, Superior Township, Village of Newberry, Seney Township, and Kinross Township.
• 13 DNR fire engines, 10 volunteer fire department engines, 2 VFD fire department water tankers, 3 Wisconsin DNR engines.
• 12 Michigan DNR and 2 Wisconsin DNR bulldozers
• 1 US Fish & Wildlife Service Helicopter
• 2 Minnesota DNR Air Tankers
• 4 Michigan National Guard aircraft and ground support.
Cooperating Agencies include the Michigan State Police, Luce County Sherriff's Department, Red Cross, Michigan State Police Emergency Management, Luce County Emergency Management, Michigan National Guard, Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, Chippewa County Sheriff Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A warm front moving through this morning and may bring some rain on the fire area which is expected to clear by noon. Temperatures in the low 70s and a relative humidity of 50 percent or greater are expected.
Timber Jack - Chesbrough

Escanaba, MI

#175 May 27, 2012
FROM DNR WEB SITE

It is essential that the public realize and respect the extreme danger this fire poses to especially areas east of the entire 10 mile long east flank. The rain and the predicted weather for today will aid progress in constructing additional fire control lines and securing existing line.

A number of structures have been damaged or lost. The Luce County Emergency Management Team, DNR conservation officers, and firefighters will continue to assess damage.
Concerned parties should phone 211 (Upper Peninsula residents) and 1-800-338-1119 (all others) to register their structure location and contact information.

As the structure inventory and damage assessment are completed, the involved parties will be contacted by the DNR and informed of the status of their property.
Timber Jack - Chesbrough

Escanaba, MI

#176 May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012 FROM DNR WEB SITE

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today offered this update on the Duck Lake Fire in the Upper Peninsula's Luce County.

New GPS data show that the fire is now estimated to cover 20,255 acres. Forty-eight percent of the fire area is contained.

The south end of the fire is 14 miles north of Newberry and 7 miles west from Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds. The fire is long and narrow and stretches 11 miles to the north to Lake Superior. There are currently 40 miles of fire line. Of that fire line, 6 miles is Lake Superior shoreline, 13 miles is completed line (includes County Road 500), and 21 miles is uncontained fire line. Access is very difficult with few roads.

Saturday, firefighters made progress on securing portions of the fire perimeter especially along the northwest flank from Lake Superior south to County Road 414 and at the south end of the fire. North of Pike Lake the fire has extended east to County Road 500, with the fire crossing the road in two locations. Fire lines in this area are currently holding.

South of Pike Lake the fire is well west of County Road 500. Air water drops have knocked down hot spots from Little Lake Harbor south to Culhane Lake. Structure protection is high priority and is being closely monitored from the air. The entire east side of the fire, from Little Lake Harbor south, is active and with expected westerly/northwesterly winds, extreme fire conditions persist. Flame lengths within the fire perimeter are still 10 to 15 feet. Potential for blow-up conditions continue.

During the night, three VFD fire engines patrolled the lines and continued suppression of hot spots.
Timber Jack - Chesbrough

Escanaba, MI

#177 May 27, 2012
HERE IS THE LATEST DNR MAP from 11 pm Saturday night.

It would look like the fire may be contained north of CR 414 (near Pike Lake), and also on the East and West permiters north of there.

THAT IS VERY GOOD NEWS to see. VERY GOOD.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/2012052...
Timber Jack - Chesbrough

Escanaba, MI

#178 May 27, 2012
FROM DNR FACE BOOK PAGE

The Duck Lake Fire staff and DNR really want to thank the people of Newberry, Luce County and the entire region for their tremendous outpouring of support.

Seeing citizens lining the streets to welcome crews back after a long, hard day of battling the fire was a huge boost to everyone's spirits!
Praying for rain

Atlanta, GA

#179 May 27, 2012
Thank you so much to everyone who is posting updates. It's been hard being far away, anxiously waiting to hear news.

Does anyone know if there are plans to televise the public info meeting today, and if so where I could see it online?

Since: May 12

Caseville, MI

#180 May 27, 2012
We have a cabin just south of Homestead lake the fire number is 27580. If anyone has any info on it it would be apreciated
blueberry hill

Janesville, WI

#181 May 27, 2012
As promised here is news from my realtor-
My home Blueberry hill is ok as are all homes from the Pike lake store east. They saved the store.
No information was able to be given about anything on the north side of 414, Pike lake. This comes from firefighter to Cummings MacCraney. Wheelers cabin is gone but Knapps on the West side is there. Not sure about anything else. Other info from a neighbor is that they dozed back 414 as wide as an airstrip in some areas - not sure where.

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