Update for 4/29
Incident: Little Mack Lake Fire Wildfire
LITTLE MACK LAKE FIRE UPDATE
April 29, 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: 5 Engines, 2 Dozers, 1 Helicopter, Injuries to Date: 0
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: The fire continued to cool down on Saturday. Crews mopping up within the fire perimeter had found 13 hot spots on Friday, on Saturday they only found 1. The limited fire behavior allowed fire managers to begin releasing crews and other resources. The majority of the work effort was patrolling the fire lines and making sure the perimeter was secure.
Today's Forecast: Sunday morning will begin cold with temperatures in the mid-20s but as the sun rises higher the temperatures will rise to near 60 degrees and the fuels will begin to dry out. Humidity is forecast to bottom out at 16% on Sunday afternoon, which indicates a very dry air mass is still over us. Fortunately winds will be light at 5 to 7 mph from the east. This forecast is very similar to the weather conditions on Wednesday, April 25th when the fire made its big run so firefighters will remain cautious today. There is a chance of rain showers for Monday.
Today's Operations: Personnel will continue to patrol the fire lines. They will also start the work of rehabilitating the fire lines by placing water bars and restoring the natural conditions. 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.