In Michigan
1:23 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Upper Peninsula forest fires mostly contained

Traverse City, MI – Traverse City, MI (AP) - Crews have mostly reined in two wildfires in the Upper Peninsula, but officials say the danger of other fires breaking out remains high across northern Michigan.

Teams were winning the battle against fires in Marquette and
Baraga counties Friday morning.

The Department of Natural Resources says the 811-acre fire
southwest of Ishpeming is 98% contained. 33 structures have been lost, including 21 homes. No injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile, the 685-acre Baraga County fire is about 80% contained, and DNR spokesman Robert Ziel says it should be completely encircled Friday. One structure has been damaged.

Officials say the Marquette County fire began Wednesday when a tree fell on a power line. The cause of the Baraga County fire remains under investigation.