GRAYLING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports the wildfire near Grayling has been 85% contained as of Sunday morning. Fire crews from more than a dozen departments worked through the night.
Investigators say the source of the fire, which spread over 3,000 acres, stemmed from a campfire on private property.
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Fire danger has been ranked “very high” to “extreme” in most parts of Michigan, and that is expected to continue with current hot, dry weather conditions. Burn permits for yard debris are not being granted at this time.
The fire started Saturday afternoon and forced the closure of I-75. It also triggered an evacuation. The interstate has since been reopened and people have returned to their homes.
People who were evacuated from the fire area were allowed to return to their homes late Saturday.
The DNR is cautioning Michiganders that the lack of rain means the state is still in an extreme risk of fire. Officials recommend the following:
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Check first to see if conditions allow for burning.
- Always put fires out completely with water. Drench the coals, stir with a shovel and drench again.
- Don’t park vehicles over dry grass; heat from vehicles can ignite dry grass.
- Make sure no trailer chains are dragging, which can create sparks.
- Be careful when using power equipment outside.