A legislative committee is considering a resolution today seeking federal assistance following the Duck Lake wildfire in the Upper Peninsula. The Duck Lake fire in Luce County began May 24th following a lighting strike. As of June 6, the wildfire has covered 21,112 acres and destroyed 49 cabins and homes, including a motel and store, 23 garages, 38 sheds, and 26 campers. It’s the third largest forest fire in state history, according to officials. The governor declared a state of disaster in Luce and Schoolcraft counties late last month. The resolution under consideration says federal assistance is necessary to supplement state efforts and resources, and it urges the President to declare a major disaster or emergency for areas impacted by the fire.
Chippewa County authorities are reporting the arrest of a man they say intentionally set a grass fire earlier this year. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says they arrested Kyle Maleport of Sault Ste. Marie for the setting of the fire in Bruce Township in April. The fire consumed approximately 40 acres, destroyed a seasonal home, 2 sheds and a vehicle. No injuries were reported.
The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Marquette General, currently has a critical need of O-negative, A-negative and A-positive blood throughout Upper Peninsula. The need is high in the service areas of Escanaba, Hancock, Iron Mountain, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. All blood donated at the UP Regional Blood Center stays in the UP. You can doante in the Marquette area at the regional blood center located at 427 West College Avenue, adjacent to Marquette General Hospital. Call for an Appointment 225-4610. You can also donate at blood centers around the U.P.
United States Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra will be making stops in Upper Michigan this week. Hoekstra will be making stops as part of his Common Sense Solutions Tour to meet with voters, small business owners and Michigan workers. The Holland Republican will be discussing his strategies for moving Michigan forward, restoring the economy and getting America working again at various locations in the area. The Hoekstra campaign will be in Escanaba tomorrow and in Marquette on Thursday.