Wildfire burns over 100 acres at Camp Grayling during National Guard training

This wildfire burned about 130 acres on Camp Grayling in Crawford County.
This wildfire burned about 130 acres on Camp Grayling in Crawford County.(source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:40 AM EDT
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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Firefighters are finishing the work after Michigan’s third major wildfire of 2021 burned over 100 acres in the Camp Grayling military training complex.

The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon near Wakely Bridge Road in the sprawling Crawford County military installation while National Guard soldiers from Michigan and Illinois were on the base for training. It eventually grew to about 130 acres before fire crews on the ground and in the air stopped it.

Camp Grayling deployed a helicopter to make water drops on the fire while the U.S. Forest Service sent another helicopter and two airplanes capable of dumping water. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had an airplane flying overhead to monitor the scene.

Camp Grayling and fire departments from across Crawford County assisted with resources on the ground.

The fire didn’t threaten any structures and nobody was evacuated while the flames spread through the rural landscape.

Investigators were not sure Wednesday night what sparked the fire. They plan to continue working in the fire zone for several days dousing hot spot.

Wednesday’s fire follows the Brittle Fire that burned nearly 6,000 acres after a prescribed burn got out of control in Iosco County in April and the Colfax Fire that burned nearly 400 acres in Wexford County earlier this month.

The DNR reminds everyone that weather conditions remain very dry, so fire danger is very high or extreme across the Lower Peninsula. Anyone planning to burn should check with the DNR or their local fire department ahead of time.

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