Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire personnel and several local fire departments spent much of the overnight and early-morning hours working to contain several wildfires across Michigan, including one in Newaygo County.

Michigan DNR photos give a close look at the Newaygo County wildfire.

The Michigan DNR says that the Newaygo County fire was reported at approximately 6:45 p.m. south of M-82 in Newaygo County, just over 6 miles east of Newaygo. The estimated 105-acre fire, located primarily on federal land, was contained at around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Fire crews stopped the head of the fire before it reached M-82, although the flanks of the fire were still very active. This fire burned primarily in mature pine and oak. Two residences were evacuated and 15 structures were threatened. 11 local volunteer fire departments, U.S. Forest Service crews and DNR fire crews were able to save all of the structures. The fire initially caused the closure of M-82 between Elm and Spruce, which has since reopened. Fire crews are continuing fire-suppression and mop-up efforts.

The cause of the fire is unknown and currently under investigation.

Weather today helped in the fire-suppression efforts as the site received rainfall this morning. Although rain is forecast for the next few days, fire danger will pick up again with any significant stretches of dry weather.

The Michigan DNR has shared photos from the Newaygo County wildfire and also a 79-acre fire in Wexford County.


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