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";s:4:"text";s:10635:"People were allowed to return to their homes later Thursday night. Crews have contained a wildfire that forced people in 75 homes to evacuate this evening. The blaze, which spread across more than 100 acres that included privately owned jack pine stands, prompted evacuations from about 70 homes near Grayling. No injuries have been reported, and officials say one building was lost to the fire. The Meridian Boundary Fire in 2010 burned 8,586 acres near Grayling, Michigan in 2010. Image courtesy of the DNR. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Local authorities and the DNR continue to monitor the fire scene. The gym is located at 1135 N Old 27, Grayling, Michigan 49738. "At approximately 9 p.m., we were informed that evacuees were able to return home and we shut down operations.". Everyone is asked to be very careful with any outdoor burning and get a burning permit ahead of time. Crawford County Police say one building was destroyed, but they did manage to save a camper. The DNR brought in air tanker support to help put out the flames. Then there were floods, what's next? Fire risk is expected to be elevated today and Monday in parts of the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The flames broke out in Crawford County near Grayling. 100+ acre wildfire near Grayling shows Michigan's fire danger is high, DNR says GRAYLING (WJRT) (5/22/2020) - Fire crews in the air and on the ground spared 70 homes threatened by a … Welcome to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildland Fire Management System. The evacuation began about 8:15 p.m. No injuries were reported and two outbuildings were lost to the flames. The U.S. Forest Service provided critical air and ground support to DNR personnel. Whitmer, Local Covid-19 Testing Events Halted After Michigan National Guard Members Test Positive, Skeletons Arise in Harbor Springs for Chamber's Skele-tour, Traverse City Deals with Nonstop Rain, Flooding Issues, Latest Updates: Possible COVID-19 Exposure Sites in Northern Michigan, 3 Schools Closed, 1 Moved to Remote Learning Due to COVID-19 Cases, Wexford Co. Residents living nearby had been evacuated to the Grayling High School Gym. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Far-right group member charged with rioting at Floyd protests, A 24-year-old engineer created a website that tells you if your McDonald's has a working ice-cream machine. Crawford County Police say people in the area may notice smoke lingering in the area for two to three days. Yes, actually. Around 8:45 p.m on Thursday, the DNR announced the flames were contained and people could safely return home. John L. Russell is a photojournalist and writer from Traverse City. A 120 acre wildfire forced evacuations in Crawford County. The DNR says dry conditions, sunny skies and warmer temperatures helped fuel the fire despite recent rain in the northern Lower Peninsula. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Wildfire in Grayling forces 75 homes to evacuate, © Provided by Colorado Springs-Pueblo KKTV. Crash with Semi Kills Driver of Pickup Truck, Senate Expected to Vote on Scaled Down Stimulus Bill, Lansing Child Abduction Alert Canceled, Child Found Safe, Soo Brewing Company Needs Help Identifying Break-In Suspects. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Grayling — State officials said Friday that a wildfire in Crawford County in northern Michigan had been brought under control.. On January 31, 2020, Powder & Bulk Solids reported an explosion and fire at a particleboard plant in Grayling, Michigan. Keep journalists asking the hard questions. 100+ acre wildfire near Grayling shows Michigan's fire danger is high, DNR says, © Provided by Flint-Saginaw-Bay City WJRT. The fire broke out after 5 p.m. on East M-72 near Stephan Bridge Road, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Crawford County Emergency Management. DNR, federal and local firefighters knocked back the blaze, which caused evacuation of about 70 homes. The fire was east of the city of Grayling, the Stephan Bridge Road and Shaw Park, officials said in a Facebook post. The DNR also sent 20 ground firefighters to assist four local fire departments. Kerry Wieber, a DNR public information officer, said aircraft spotted the flames and directed fire crews to the site. Fire crews will continue fire suppression and mop-up efforts throughout the day today. Fire crews planned to remain in the area for much of Friday dousing hot spots and any flare-ups. All rights reserved. UPDATE @ 10:48 mt A map of the fire, which is east of Grayling, Michigan, is HERE. The helicopter 57Z crew sent us some more amazing photos of the fire. Smoke rises from a wildfire in the Grayling area on May 21, 2020. They spent about three and a half hours battling the fire before it was contained. First responders blocked off all traffic going north at M-72 and Stephan Bridge Road, just east of Grayling. CRAWFORD COUNTY (WXYZ) — A wildfire in Crawford County in northern Michigan called for evacuations of the area Thursday evening. The DNR is offering the following tips to keep everyone safe: Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire in a jack pine forest along M-72 shows how dangerous fire conditions remain statewide this spring. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the area over the weekend. Several planes, including this U.S. Forest Service Fire Boss, were used to dump water on the approximately 105-acre fire that broke out in a privately owned jack pine forest near Grayling Thursday. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Firefighters evacuated about 70 homes in the area of M-72 between Stephan Bridge Road and South Horseshoe Trail in Crawford County after 5 p.m. “Jack pine is one of the most prevalent tree species in the Grayling area and its seeds are released by fire, making it very fire-prone. Make sure to have a source of water nearby whenever you burn. The fire was east of the city of Grayling, the Stephan Bridge Road and Shaw Park, officials said in a Facebook post. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This site was developed to facilitate information about wildland fire incidents to the public and to support the day-to-day operations of wildland fire managers in their efforts to control them. Image courtesy of the DNR. Subscribe to MLive.com. CRAWFORD COUNTY, MI – A 105-acre wildfire in Northern Michigan on Thursday prompted the evacuation of residents in about 70 homes near Grayling to a local high school gymnasium. And no one was injured. Air operations included four U.S. Forest Service Fire Bosses (single-engine air tankers), one U.S. Forest Service fixed-wing “Air Attack” aircraft, two U.S. Forest Service helicopters and a DNR spotter (detection) plane. Welcome to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildland Fire Management System. The flames broke out in Crawford County near Grayling. There were no injuries reported Thursday, and only an outbuilding was damaged, he said. No homes were lost, but flames destroyed two outbuildings. The fire in an expanse of privately-owned jack pine forest came on a day that Crawford County Emergency Management had warned of “very high” fire danger and urged residents to use “extreme caution.”, “Despite recent rain in the northern Lower Peninsula, after a few days of dry conditions, sunny skies and warmer temperatures, the fire danger in Grayling was high Thursday,” the DNR said. First responders blocked off all traffic going north at M-72 and Stephan Bridge Road, just east of Grayling. State officials said dry conditions in the northern Lower Peninsula, after a few days of dry conditions and the presence of jack pine, which is fire-prone, led to the blaze. It was this combination of weather and fuels that led to the M-72 fire.”. Despite Trump claim, 14 states say some orders for coronavirus supplies are unfilled . Copyright 2020 WILX. If you need to evacuate you can go to the Grayling High School Gym. Officials say all fire units in the county are active. The U.S. state of Michigan has been the site of several major wildfires. GRAYLING, Mich. - First, there was a disease. Evacuees were housed at the Grayling High School gym during the response by county request, said Justin Gluesing, the superintendent for Crawford AuSable School District. The local sheriff's office requested that people stay out of the area around 7:30 p.m. As of 9:30 p.m., Crawford Emergency Management announced that the fire had been contained and residents could return home. One outbuilding was destroyed and no one was hurt. Oscoda Fire of 1945 . Burn debris in barrels with metal screens, if possible. Those evacuated were cleared to return home just before 9 p.m. tonight. The U.S. Forest Service had planes dropping water, and the fire was contained, but not extinguished, by 8:45 p.m., and is not likely to spread, Wieber said. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. Friday along M-72 between Stephan Bridge Road and S. Horseshoe Trail, about eight miles east of Grayling, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. "They are going to be making sure the fire does not go anywhere.". Welcome to Michigan DNR Wildland Fire Application. Clear any vegetation around your burn area. We put them in a new article. The fire at one point covered about 100 acres just east of I-75 and south of M-72. GRAYLING (WJRT) (5/22/2020) - Fire crews in the air and on the ground spared 70 homes threatened by a more than 100-acre wildfire near Grayling on Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find the fire reaching the nearby jack pines and sought backup from other county agencies, Ballard said. Evacuated residents returned to their homes shortly after 9 p.m. Two outbuildings were destroyed. Grayling — State officials said Friday that a wildfire in Crawford County in northern Michigan had been brought under control. Superintendent of Crawford AuSable School District, Justin Guesing, said the school gladly opened up its gymnasium to evacuees. Wildfires? Residents returned home around 9 p.m. Investigators weren't sure what caused the fire on Friday. The American Red Cross was helping arrange shelter for two families that reported prior medical issues exacerbated by the smoke, Ballard said. 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