Wildfire forces evacuations in Oscoda County
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:28:43 GMT —
A wildfire continues to burn in Oscoda County Thursday morning.
The fire has burned more than 1,500 acres of jack pine forest in the Mack Lake area. This area is just outside Mio. The fire perimeter is County Highway 604 to County Highway 489. 7&4 News is told Eggleston Road is closed.
People living in the area were evacuated Wednesday night. About 50 homes were being threatened when the evacuations were ordered. Carol Nilsson with the U.S. Forest Service says as of 6am Thursday the fire is 90-percent contained. Fire crews worked through the night to suppress the fire.
Today law enforcement will be in the area looking at what caused the fire.
7&4 Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix says gusty winds will impact the Mio area later today. Currently the Oscoda area is in the mid-40's with light rain and NNW Winds around 5 mph. Later however, it will become dry with highs near 50. Gusty NW winds will pick up to 30-35 mph.
An American Red Cross evacuation shelter opened at approximately 10:30 Wednesday night at the Mio High School, 1110 West 8th Street in Mio. The high school shelter will close at 7am and people will be moved to the Oscoda County Building at that time.