Department of Natural Resources
Current Estimated Size: 21,069 acres — The Duck Lake Fire is the third-largest wildfire in modern history, after the 25,000-acre Mack Lake Fire (1980) and the 72,000-acre Seney Fire (1976).
Current Estimated Containment: 100 percent
Current Status: T49-50N, R9W - Luce County
Cause and Date Started: Lightning, May 24, 2012
Structures Lost: 136
• 49 cabins/homes (including 1 store and 1 motel)
• 23 garages
• 38 sheds/outbuildings
• 26 campers
Total Line Built: 42.6 miles
• Contained hand line - 19.4 miles
• Complete dozer line - 23.2 miles
Resources on Fire: Fire is in patrol status with daily monitoring by Newberry Field Office staff and equipment, along with a DNR fixed wing Cessna airplane.
• A total of 300 personnel served on the Duck Lake Fire
Cooperating Agencies: Michigan State Police, Luce County Sheriff's Department, Red Cross, Luce County Emergency Management, Wisconsin DNR, American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Evacuations: The evacuation order was lifted at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, for all property owners within the fire area. The entire fire area was reopened to the general public at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 11.
Road Closures: All roads have been reopened, but motorists are asked to use caution as the roads are dusty and busy with heavy trucks and machinery. The Two-Hearted ORV trail is closed indefinitely east of County Road 414 due to downed trees, trail erosion and damage to signs.
Campground Closures: Mouth of the Two-Hearted River State Forest Campground boat launch and day-use area are open, but Loop #1 campground is closed until at least June 29, and Loop #2 campground is closed indefinitely. Culhane Lake State Forest Campground is closed to camping, but the boat launch is open. Pike Lake State Forest Campground and boat launch are closed indefinitely. Bodi Lake State Forest Campground is completely open.
Fire Information: 989-275-5151, ext. 2049 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F)