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.
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.
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.
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.
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