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The Huron National Forest is prone to frequent seasonal forest fires, due to ecological and geological factors including the domination of the jack pine in sections the forests, the needles of which are extremely flammable, sandy soil composition as a result of glacial outwash plain geology of sections of the Huron National Forest, and jack pine barrens management practices to create nesting habitat for the Kirtland's warbler resulting in dense, young stands of jack pine that are extremely susceptible to crowning wildfires.
A controlled burn operation in Iosco County has burned out of control, according to Michigan State Police.
It has since been declared a wildfire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
A controlled burn in northern lower Michigan has grown into a wildfire that has affected nearly 6,000 acres and forced evacuations in multiple communities, state police said.
Officials with the U.S. Forest Service, who started what was supposed to be a controlled burn, remained on the scene alongside multiple agencies past 9 p.m., said Joshua Veal, public affairs officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forests, where the fire originated.
Multiple aircraft, including tankers, also were involved in the efforts, he added. “We’re working really hard on our side to catch it and get it suppressed.”