Update for 4/28
Incident: Little Mack Lake Fire Wildfire
LITTLE MACK LAKE FIRE UPDATE
April 28, 2012
Kollmeyer's Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team
Bob MacGregor, Public Information Officer; Phone (603)568-9893
Carol Nilsson, Huron-Manistee National Forest; Phone (231)878-3802
Carrie Scott, Huron-Manistee National Forest; Phone (989)390-8611
Date Started: April 25, 2012 Total Personnel: 98
Cause: Human, Under Investigation Residences: 50 Threatened, 0 Destroyed
Size: 800 Acres Percent Contained: 100%
Resources: 8 Engines, 4 Dozers, 1 Helicopter, Injuries to Date: 0
1 Hotshot Crew and a Type 2 Incident Management Team
The fire is located in Mentor Township in Oscoda County. Local references place it north of County Highway 604, west and northwest of Mack Lake, east of Michigan Highway M-33 and south of Weeks Road. The majority of the burned area is on the Huron-Manistee National Forest but one private ¼ section of land is involved. The fire has burned across a power line and portions of Eggleston and Evans Roads.
Yesterday's Actions: Friday was an excellent day on the Little Mack Lake Fire. Firefighters made good progress mopping up hot areas within 50 feet of the fire perimeter and during a helicopter reconnaissance flight at 3:00 p.m. no smoke or flames were spotted by aerial observers. Fire behavior was minimal due to the lack of wind and relatively cool temperatures.
Today's Forecast: Saturday's projected weather will not be as conducive to fire growth. The air is still very dry but humidity will increase to a low of 22%. Temperatures will stay relatively cool with a high of 48 degrees and winds will be light at 5 to 7 miles an hour from the southeast under cloudy skies in the morning with increasing sunshine in the afternoon. There is still a good chance of new fires starting due to the very dry fuels, the low humidity and the increased number of Forest visitors coming up for the weekend.
Today's Operations: Crews will continue to mop-up hot spots. A Type 1 (highest water delivery capacity) helicopter is available to firefighters to assist in putting out any flare-ups. Dozers and engines will also help maintain the integrity of the fire line. As always our primary objective is providing for firefighter and public safety.
Evacuations and Closures: The evacuation of the Mack Lake subdivision ended at 8:00 Friday evening. Road closures have been lifted.
ALTHOUGH FIRE ACTIVITY IS WINDING DOWN FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL ARE STILL USING THE ROADS AND TRAILS THROUGHOUT THE BURNED AREA SO VISITORS ARE REMINDED TO BE AWARE WHEN DRIVING AND SLOW DOWN! FIRE DANGER IS STILL VERY HIGH, KEEP CAMPFIRES SMALL AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE DEAD OUT. NEVER LEAVE A CAMPFIRE UNATTENDED.