Crews Continue To Battle Duck Lake Fire
UPDATE: The DNR says the Duck Lake Fire is now 20% contained. Around 100 fire fighters are working from the air and ground to battle the flames.
Crews are still combing the area, looking for structural damage. At least 177 properties are included in the fire zone, but it's unknown how many are damaged or destroyed.
At this time, everyone is asked to stay away from the restricted areas. The DNR says it's still very dangerous.
As soon as it's safe, crews will begin escorting evacuees back to their properties to see what's left.
If you're in the evacuated area, they want to hear from you. All evacuees in the Upper Peninsula should call 211. All others are instructed to call 1-800-338-1119. You will be asked to provide your name, fire number, address, general vicinity of structure and your current contact information.
The Red Cross has a shelter set up at the teen center on Helen St. in Newberry. They are collecting donations now for those impacted by the fire. The Red Cross is looking for things like clothing, socks, underwear, tooth brushes, food and drinks.
There is a public meeting scheduled for 2:00, Sunday, May 27 at the McMillan Township Hall.
9&10's Christina Vecchioni and photojournalist Eric Davis have more from Luce County.
Department of Natural Resources officials say the Duck Lake Fire in Luce County is now estimated to be at 21,114 acres in size.
They say the fire grew slightly in intensity overnight.
Progress was made yesterday and fire fighters have secured portions of perimeter from Lake Superior south to County Road 414.
We're told air water drops are helping to knock down the intensity in some hot spots, however with the winds in the area flare ups are possible.
The DNR says the evacuation order is still in effect for the area from: Pile Lake east to County Road 500 and north to Little Lake Harbor. People are being asked not to enter or come near the area.
County Road 414 to County Road 410 remain closed, along with County Road 500 from M-123 north to Little Lake Harbor.
Photos sent to us show the destruction the fire has caused, destroying several structures including popular campgrounds and state forest areas.
For more information on the Duck Lake Fire follow the link attached to this story.
We have a crew in Luce County and will continue to bring you the latest updates as they become available.