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Manistee National Forest wildfire mostly contained, but danger remains high

A tree stumps burns in the aftermath of a 600-acre wildfire in the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
U.S. Forest Service

Crews are monitoring a wildfire in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. The 600-acre fire started Monday around Warfield Road east of Wellston, and is currently 80% contained.

Officials say the fire was started by human activity but the exact cause is still under investigation. Windy conditions caused it to spread.

“Mainly the fire consumed dry leaves and dead timber material on the ground,” says Joshua Veal, public affairs officer for the national forest. 

“The live green trees are still alive. It’s mainly a surface-fire that moved quickly through the forest floor.”

Fire danger is expected to be high in the Lower Peninsula through mid-week.

Dan Wanschura is the Host and Executive Producer of Points North.