Iosco County controlled burn turns into wildfire, forces evacuations


SAND LAKE, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Firefighters are battling a blaze that has already blackened thousands of acres in Iosco County and has forced about 100 area residents to flee their homes.

The fire has grown over 6,000 acres. (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service Huron-Manistee NFs Facebook page)

State police Lt. Liz Rich said Friday the U.S. Forest Service was conducting a controlled burn north of Sand Lake that got out of control.

The flames quickly moved toward two subdivisions, forcing their evacuation.

The displaced residents of Sid Town and the Wilber Powerline Area are set up at a local high school. The people sheltering at Tawas High School will be encouraged to wear masks to protect them from COVID-19.

The fire has now grown over 6,000 acres, the U.S. Forest Service Huron-Manistee National Forests said on its Facebook page Friday. Multiple airplanes and ground resources are being used to try to fight the fire, and officials are working to protect nearby buildings.

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