Fire near Devil’s Lake under investigation

Courtesy Photo An area of woods near Devil’s Lake is shown in this aerial photo from Sunday, provided by the Alpena Township Fire Department. Reports of smoke in the woods led crews to a scene of four acres on fire, according to a press release from the fire department.

At approximately 1:09 p.m. on Sunday, the Alpena Township Fire Department was called to the U.S.-23 South and Island Drive area for the report of smoke in the woods, according to a press release by Fire Chief Mark Hansen.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found a small brush fire that was started because of a downed power line. Crews were just wrapping up from that fire when a Michigan Department of Natural Resources spotter plane detected a possible woods fire at 1:58 p.m. on the west side Devil’s Lake. Wilson Township was dispatched to this fire, but after DNR aircraft got closer they were able to determine that the fire was in Alpena Township. Crews battled the blaze for about four hours.

Alpena Township crews responded as well as Sanborn Fire Department, Combat Readiness Training Center Fire Department, Michigan DNR fire crews, and Alpena Fire Department provided medical standby.

“A special thanks to the folks from the Alpena Cycle Club and Salvation Army who provided food and drinks to firefighters working on the fire,” Hansen said in the press release.

The fire consisted of four acres and was started by an abandoned campfire. There were no injuries to anyone involved and the fire remains under investigation.


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