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Menominee Warehouse Fire Response
On Thursday, October 6, a large-scale industrial fire began at a paper plant and a neighboring warehouse in the city of Menominee. Menominee County issued a local state of emergency the following day.
The city and county responded and activated mutual aid for assistance in firefighting measures. Firefighters from both Michigan and Wisconsin responded to the ongoing incident. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also sent a team to the area to monitor air quality. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and Public Health - Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) responded with technical assistance and dispatched staff to the area to work with local officials.
Menominee County Emergency Management told the residents of the city of Menominee to shelter in place due to smoke-related hazards. The shelter in place advisory for the city of Menominee was lifted October 9.
On October 13, to bring additional resources to combatting the fire and for technical assistance to monitor water quality from run-off from fire suppression efforts, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency.
State officials from EGLE and MDHHS continue to work with PHDM, local responders, and EPA to coordinate the response effort to protect public health, safety, and property; and to lessen or avert the threat of more severe and lasting harm.
As of October 19, the fire is contained but still ongoing. Agencies continue to monitor the situation.
MDHHS Water Data Evaluation Reports
These reports evaluate the results of the daily and ongoing testing that has been taking place since the beginning of the incident. This testing has monitored:
- River water both near and away from the site of the fire
- Bay water
- Treated drinking water
Water samples are sent to laboratories for analysis. It typically takes two to three days for samples to be processed, analyzed, and sent back. Some test results may come back more quickly than other test results, depending on the capacity of the laboratory that samples were sent to. Samples continue to be taken daily.
Resources for community members with questions about health and safety
- Frequently Asked Questions about water quality impacts
- Frequently Asked Questions about community impacts
- Community resource: Coping with the stress that environmental contamination can cause
- For daily site updates, visit the EPA page on the Menominee Michigan Warehouse Fire
If you have questions or concerns about community health and safety due to this fire, please call the MDHHS Toxicology and Environmental Health hotline at 1-800-648-6942 Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.