CADILLAC, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that a backyard campfire spread into a grassy, wooded area over the weekend and sparked a 136-acre wildfire in Northern Michigan.
The Fife Lake Outlet Fire escaped a fire ring behind a residence in Wexford County near Manton. According to officials, the homeowner put water on the campfire before going inside, but the fire was not completely extinguished. The flames quickly burned through dry grass areas and a wooded area Sunday.
The DNR and Michigan State Police evacuated a nearby campground with firefighters worked to contain the flames. Campers were allowed back to their sites late Sunday evening.
Officials did not report any injuries or property loss.
Most of the Lower Peninsula is classified as extreme wildfire danger due to a lack of rain in May. Dry conditions and a lack of humidity in the air can fuel explosive fire growth in much of the state.