A massive wildfire has been burning in Northern Michigan since about 12:30 pm Friday and has burned roughly 2,000 acres.

Around 2:30 pm Friday, reports of a large wildfire were first noted by the Topinabee Fire Department on Facebook.

If you're out and about and happen to see the rather large smoke column to the southeast, the DNR is currently battling a very large wildfire south of Onaway.

Posted by Topinabee Fire Department on Friday, May 13, 2022

By 4 pm, various TV stations reported the fire had burned around 200+ acres, as well as smoke being detected on Doppler radar and satellite imagery.

A wildfire has broken out in northwestern Montmorency County.You can see the smoke plume on doppler radar and visible…

Posted by Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey on Friday, May 13, 2022

Fire in Northwest Montmorency County at the Pigeon River State Park being picked up on our Satellite and Radar. More details coming up on 9&10 News!

Posted by 9&10 News on Friday, May 13, 2022

By 5 pm the fire had grown to 500+ acres and continued to burn to the Northwest. Multiple fire departments, DNR officials, and four fire planes were fighting the wildfire.

The wildfire up north (Montmorency County) is over 500+ acres. Multiple agencies are in full response with multiple…

Posted by Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey on Friday, May 13, 2022

Aircraft on the attack fighting the wildfire in Montmorency County. Thanks to Chatter Suiter for the video.

Posted by Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey on Friday, May 13, 2022

As the day went on, the fire continued to grow. At 7 pm the fire was declared the Blue Lakes Fire and was now at 1,500 acres and growing.

JUST IN: Fire in Montmorency County is called the Blue Lakes fire.Currently 1,500 acres with containment at 0%.

Posted by Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey on Friday, May 13, 2022
By 9 pm the fire was nearing 2,000 acres. The DNR posted an article about the fire and response, which can be viewed here.

JUST IN: The Blue Lakes fire in Montmorency County is now at 2,000 acres burned and remains at 0% containment.

Posted by Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey on Friday, May 13, 2022

The whole day, the fire has remained at 0% containment, even with multiple agencies doing their best. At press time the following roads are closed:

  • Blue Lakes Road to East Branch Road
  • Black River Road to Camp 30 Road
  • Clark Bridge Road to Black River Road
  • Blue Lake Road to Meridian Line Road

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