At least 95 structures destroyed in UP wildfire

NEWBERRY, Mich. (WXYZ) - A wildfire burning in the upper peninsula has destroyed at least 95 structures and damaged more than 100.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the "Duck Lake Wildfire" has burned more than 22,000 acres.

Approximately 230 people from several states are working to contain the fire. Two air tankers from Minnesota and four aircraft from the Michigan National Guard have also been brought in to help douse the flames from the air. As of Sunday night, the fire was about 48 percent contained.

Crews are still assessing the damage, but early estimates show 28 homes, 19 garages and 14 outbuildings were burned to the ground.

The Michigan DNR says an evacuation order remains in effect for the area from Pike Lake east to County Road 500 and north to Little Lake Harbor. County Road 414 east from the intersection with County Road 410, and County Road 500 from M-123 north to Little Lake Harbor are also closed, according to state officials.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park's lower falls campground, upper falls viewing area and visitor center are closed because of concerns about smoke.

If you have property near the wildfire, you can call 1-800-338-1119 to register your contact information. State officials will notify you when structure inventory and damage assessment are completed.

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