Fire scorches thousands of acres in Michigan, forces evacuations

Fire scorches thousands of acres in Michigan, forces evacuations

April 24, 2021

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Thousands of acres in northeastern Michigan have been scorched by fire after the US Forest Service failed to contain an attempted controlled burn on Friday.

About 100 people have been forced to flee their homes in Iosco County, near the Huron-Manistee National Forests, while some 6,000 acres of land have been burned, according to reports.

“We’re working really hard on our side to catch it and get it suppressed,” said Joshua Veal, the public affairs officer for the forests.

Firefighters and multiple public safety agencies are battling the blaze, with the assistance of aircraft including fire-suppression tankers.

“Anyone in the area is asked to use caution and avoid the affected areas,” a Michigan State Police statement said.

A shelter has been set up for residents forced to leave their homes. No injuries or structural damage have been reported.

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