WILDFIRES REPORTED IN MARQUETTE AND BARAGA COUNTIES

UPDATE:  DNR officials with Incident Command in Ishpeming will meet with evacuees and their families and all other interested parties at noon today at the Westwood High School to update those affected by the Black River Falls Fire in Marquette County.  Officials will be available to answer questions and provide the latest information concerning the fire.

THE BURN AREA OF THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE AS OF THIS MORNING.

THE BURN AREA OF THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE AS OF THIS MORNING.

The public is being asked to stay out of the fire area while personnel are working on fighting wildfires in Marquette and Baraga Counties. The Black River Falls Fire in Marquette County is reported to be 65-percent contained this morning, according to Michigan DNR Firefighters. Reports say the Pinery Lake Fire in Baraga County is approximately 20 to 30-percent contained. The Black River Falls fire has consumed at least 777 acres and destroyed over 30 structures. The Pinery Lake fire has consumed about 400 acres and destroyed at least one building. No injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with either fire. The Black River Falls fire in Marquette County started shortly before 5pm on Monday in heavy jack pine and moved into lower, wetter types of foliage. The cause of either of the blazes is unknown.

The DNR reports the following concerning the Black River Falls fire in Marquette County:

• Location: 7 miles SW of Ishpeming
• Size: 777 acres
• The area is rural with homes scattered through the area and in several small subdivisions.
• There are no known injuries or deaths due to the fire
• All homes along County Road 581 between County Road CS and County Road PG have been evacuated.
• Homes and subdivisions along County Road 581 between Stoneville Road and County Road PG were later evacuated as well.
• All intersecting county roads between County Road CS and Stoneville Road are closed.
• The public is asked to continue to stay out of the area while personnel are working on the fire.
• The Red Cross is keeping a list of contact information for all evacuees at Westwood High School or by phone at 906-361-4090.