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Sheriff reminds locals, visitors of fire conditions after forest fire

(Photo Courtesy: Chippewa County Sheriff's Office)

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Chippewa County sheriff is reminding people of varying fire conditions across the area after being called to a possible forest fire.

On Friday, Sheriff Bitnar was called to the possible forest fire in a remote area referred to as the Sheldrake Flooding.

Bitnar was able to locate the fire and due to the size and pace of the fire spreading, multiple fire departments were called in to help.

According to Bitnar, he was joined within 20 minutes by retired Undersheriff McBryde and a member of the Whitefish Township Fire Department in their brush truck.

With the help of the truck and several fire extinguishers, the group was able to knock down the leading edge and contain the fire until additional resources arrived.

The Newberry Fire Department and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fire Unit out of Newberry assisted in the fire.

Bitnar is advising everyone to be careful while out enjoying all Chippewa County has to offer and be aware of the potential dangers of forest fires.

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