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Ottawa National Forest fire personnel quickly put out Sylvania Wilderness fire

It was stopped at less than 1/4 of an acre, utilizing minimum impact suppression techniques.
The aftermath of a 1/4-acre fire on an island in Deer Island Lake in the Ottawa National...
The aftermath of a 1/4-acre fire on an island in Deer Island Lake in the Ottawa National Forest's Sylvania Wilderness in Watersmeet Township.(Ottawa National Forest)
Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 11:54 AM EDT
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WATERSMEET TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Ottawa National Forest fire fighting personnel quickly put out a fire on an island within Deer Island Lake on Thursday.

According to the Ottawa National Forest, two forest firefighters canoed into the location of the Deer Fire, on the largest island within Deer Island Lake, in the Sylvania Wilderness on Sept. 2.

The fire was right on shore and smoldering in needle cast on the forest floor.

It was stopped at less than 1/4 of an acre, utilizing minimum impact suppression techniques.

“In the Sylvania Wilderness fires are only allowed in designated fire rings and must be completely extinguished before leaving, this is written on the back of the wilderness permit,” the Ottawa National Forest said in a Facebook post. “One careless moment with a fire can take personnel hours to respond. Please help prevent unwanted wildfires by following the rules written for the area.”

Learn more about the Ottawa National Forest on its website and Facebook page.

Fire location at Deer Island Lake in the Ottawa National Forest's Sylvania Wilderness.
Fire location at Deer Island Lake in the Ottawa National Forest's Sylvania Wilderness.(Google/WLUC)

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