Iosco County Forest Fire Getting Under Control Mon, 26 Apr 2021 06:02:23 EDT
A large forest fire in Iosco County is slowly getting under control.
In what has become to be referred to as the "Brittle Fire", last Friday as the result of implementation of prescribed fire operations.
As of Sunday, the fire was at 56-hundred acres (5,600), lower than originally believed due to better mapping calculations. Officials say the current containment is at about 40%, with an estimated full containment date of this Friday (April 30), and the fire is no longer actively spreading.
There are no reported injuries or structures damaged. All evacuation warnings for residences within and adjacent to the fire area have been lifted.
The public is asked to remain away from closed areas, to allow the firefighters, engines, helicopters, and other equipment to work safely, and not fly “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” or drones over or near the area.
On Saturday, firefighters continued working to improve the line around the fire, by patrolling along the fireline and extinguishing hot spots, a process known as mopping up. As that work is completed, containment of the fire increases. Firefighters are also working along public trails in the fire area to remove fire damaged hazard trees that may fall into the trail.
Officials say the Type 2 Eastern Area Incident Management Gold Team assumed command of the Brittle Fire, which will bring in additional resources to provide logistical and operational support for the suppression.
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