While Northern Michigan has been spared so far from any major wildfires this spring, that has not been the case in our neighboring states. Northern Wisconsin has been battling its largest wildfire in over 30 years.
Fortunately for Northern Michigan, a wet start to the spring has quelled the fire danger somewhat from what it could be. However, a fire that started Tuesday in the town of Gordon in Douglas County, Wisconsin quickly spread eventually reaching 9,026 acres of this writing. This fire is the biggest in Northern Wisconsin in 33 years, going back to 1979.
This fire quickly took off and burned into the town of Highland, Wisconsin with 47 structures lost (17 homes, 15 garages, 9 outbuildings and 6 unknown) per the Wisconsin DNR. This fire is in a stand of mixed pine and hardwoods and the good news is that it is now 90% contained.
Meanwhile, another wildfire has flared up in Northwestern Minnesota reaching 7,100 acres burned there with a few homes destroyed. Firefighters are still battling that blaze, but were reportedly gaining an upper hand on it.
Early Thursday morning, there were a few reports across Northern Michigan of the sweet smell of smoke which had drifted across the area eminating from those fires on a west-northwest wind. Fire danger locally through the weekend will be elevated with dry weather low humidity levels.