Crews Contain Northern Michigan Wildfire

June 9, 2011

A state spokeswoman says fire crews have fully contained a blaze that burned 750 to 800 acres of northern Michigan woodlands, destroyed or damaged a number of buildings and forced the evacuation of 100 homes.

Mary Dettloff is a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She told The Associated Press that the fire was 100 percent contained by midnight Tuesday and people who had been evacuated were permitted to return home.

Crews were to continue to work to put out hot spots.

The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Howes Lake area of Crawford County west of Grayling, a town of about 1,800 about 125 miles north-northeast of Grand Rapids. No injuries have been reported, and the source of the blaze wasn’t immediately determined.

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