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Weather keeping Isle Royale wildfire in check


ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI— Favorable weather conditions have slowed the spread of a wildfire on Isle Royale.

The Mount Franklin fire is now estimated at six acres, down from an initial estimate of 11 acres.

Officials say while significant progress in suppressing the fire has been made, it is not yet considered contained. They note although fire behavior is minimal, some tree torching has still been observed, and there is considerable concern about falling trees in the affected fire area. Several closures remain in place for the health of visitors and employees.

An investigation regarding the cause of the fire is ongoing. Investigators are seeking information about an illegal fire and associated camp on the Mount Franklin Trail the evening of August 12 and into the morning of August 13.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Tip Line at 888-653-0009.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.