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Wildland fire burns in Pictured Rocks

A firefighter walks alongside burning debris near the Twelvemile Beach campground in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County on Monday. More than 8 acres of national park land and adjacent state forest lands burned in a wildland fire near the campground, the National Park Service reported Tuesday morning. (Courtesy photo)

GRAND MARAIS — National park land and adjacent state forest lands burned in a wildland fire on Monday afternoon near the Twelvemile Beach campground in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the National Park Service reported Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the fire was contained to 8.4 acres.

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel out of the Marquette station reported seeing a wildland fire around 3 p.m. Monday near the campground, according to an NPS news release. DNR firefighters responded with assistance from Burt Township Fire and PRNL park rangers.

“Thank you to all our agency partners who reported and helped us keep this fire under control,” Chief Ranger Joseph Hughes said in the release. “I would like to remind all park visitors to recreate safely. Drivers and visitors should slow down and use caution in the area.”

Firefighters were to be on the scene on Tuesday to conduct mop-up operations. Large amounts of smoke and limited visibility may affect the area for the next couple of days near Twelvemile Beach campground and along Highway 58 near Kingston Lake campground, according to the NPS.

The DNR said that crews worked the fire Monday night and returned Tuesday morning. Since the fire was burning deep in ground fuel, resources likely will continue to be deployed for several more days.

The NPS also indicated that crews will check the fire over the next few days, but no increase in fire size is expected, and smoke already was decreasing as of late Tuesday afternoon. It stressed that no camping areas are closed, nor are any expected, but any closures or restrictions will be posted at www.nps.gov/PIRO and on its Facebook page.

Investigations into the start of the fire are ongoing, officials said.

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