GRAYLING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — Ten firefighters from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Sunday joined the forces battling the Wilderness Trail Fire, southeast of Grayling.
As of 2:30 p.m. on Monday, the fire is more than 90% contained, according to the Michigan DNR.
“There’s not enough rain today to make a significant reduction in fire danger,” said Mike Janisse, commander of the DNR Incident Management Team that is assisting with the fire. “Even though it feels cooler, conditions are very dry and extreme fire conditions are expected to continue in the Grayling area and around the state.”
On Monday afternoon, the state DNR said that crews are working to reinforce a containment line on the south side of the fire and move from suppression to mop-up status.
Once the status changes, crews will reopen the rail line north of 4 Mile Road and reopen the fire area to the public.
Wisconsin firefighters have also come to Michigan to lend a hand.
“We’re grateful for the help from our neighbors in Wisconsin as well as the support from federal, state and local fire departments, emergency management officials and law enforcement personnel,” said Janisse.
They brought three Type 4 engines with tractor plow dozers, as well as two Type 6 engines to help fight the fire, the Michigan DNR added.
It is estimated so far that the fire threatened 35 homes, 23 campers, three boats and 58 outbuildings.
Three of the outbuildings have been lost in the fire.
The fire began at about 1 p.m. Saturday.
People are asked to stay away from the area of the fire while crews are working to contain it.
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