Update for 4/30
Incident: Little Mack Lake Fire Wildfire
LITTLE MACK LAKE FIRE UPDATE
April 30, 2012
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: 56
Cause: Human, Under Investigation Residences: 50 Threatened, 0 Destroyed
Size: 800 Acres Percent Contained: 100%
Resources: 5 Engines, 2 Dozers, Injuries to Date: 0
and a Type 3 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 ï¿½ section of land is involved. The fire has burned across a power line and portions of Eggleston and Evans Roads.
Yesterday's Actions: The Little Mack Fire remained quiet on Sunday despite near record humidity which dipped to 8%; this type of dry air really cures fuels and makes them highly susceptible to ignition. Crews continued to patrol the fire lines and began the process of rehabilitating the lines by placing water-bars, returning natural material and posting no vehicles signs, all of these actions are initiated to control erosion.
Today's Forecast: Monday will represent a big change in the weather pattern. Temperatures will be in the low 50s, humidity will rise from the single digits to 50% and winds will be 5 to 10 mph from the southeast. The long-range forecast calls for clouds and intermittent rain for the rest of the week. These weather conditions will inhibit fire behavior and make fire spread much less likely.
Today's Operations: Personnel will continue to patrol the fire lines. They will also continue the work of rehabilitating the fire lines by placing water bars and restoring the natural conditions. The Type 2 Incident Management Team will be leaving the area today and turning the fire over to a smaller Type 3 organization, the number of personnel on the fire will decrease significantly. Our primary objective will continue to be 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!
PAUL KOLLMEYER'S INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES IN THE MIO AREA WHO GAVE US SUCH A WARM WELCOME.