2,200 Acre Blue Lakes Fire Now 75% Contained

The Blue Lakes Fire, which covers portions of Cheboygan and Montmorency Counties, is now about 75% contained and is estimated to have covered about 2,200 acres, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The wildfire began Wednesday with a lightning strike that smoldered a few days before spreading into nearby grass. Firefighters have been working since Friday to contain the fire.

Some closed roads have reopened, but Blue Lakes Road between Hardwood Lake Road and Black River Road is still closed. Black River Road between Blue Lakes Road and Clark Road Bridge is also closed until nearby hot spots can be found and taken care of.

The 2,200 acres reported Monday is smaller than Sunday’s estimate due to improved mapping with firefighters on the ground using a variety of tools, according to DNR fire public information officer Kerry Heckman.

Crews are using five engines, two tractor plows, five utility terrain vehicles and one DNR spotter plane to put out the wildfire.