2012-03-22 / Front Page

Extremely dry conditions keep departments busy battling blazes

Manistique Public Safety and Volunteer Fire Fighters were called to the report of a grass fire at 867N Gardapee Road in Manistique Township at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found an area of approximately 1.5 acres burning and spreading quickly towards a heavily wooded area. The officers quickly extinguished the fire with the assistance of the Michigan DNR and neighbors who were able to bring heavy equipment to the scene.

An investigation determined the fire started at the residence of Brooke Peters, who was burning debris in a burn barrel adjacent to her house trailer. There was no damage to the trailer or injuries related to the fire although a citizen was transported to the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital by Public Safety ambulance which had also responded to the scene.

With fire conditions extremely high, Manistique fire resources were split as officers were also assisting the Inwood Township Fire Department, Hiawatha Township Fire Department, Thompson Township Fire Deptartment, the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service who were fighting a woodland fire at a camp near Thunder Lake at the same time.

According to Undersheriff Bob Madden, the blaze covered approximately 36 acres of private land that crossed over onto the National Forrest north of Thunder Lake.

Madden said, the owner of the cabin indicated he was snowmobiling in the same area just a week ago. He wants to remind people that burn permits are required from the DNR anytime the ground is not covered with snow. Residents can obtain a free burning permit online at www.michigan.gov/ burnpermit or by calling (866) 922-2876.

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