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Grass fire scorches 5 acres along I-75 as dry conditions continue

Fire risk elevated, with fire danger deemed high to very high across region
Grass fire this afternoon in Dafter Township charred about 5 acres off I-75.

Dafter Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, responded to a grass fire around 3:45 p.m. in Dafter Township on I-75 just south of M-28 at Mile Marker 384.

Dafter VFD Fire Chief Austin Conway said they used water from the brush truck and the engine as well as water packs and hand tools to put the fire out.

Conway noted about 5 acres of brush was scorched.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Michigan State Police, U.S. Border Patrol and Chippewa County Sheriff's Dept. assisted at the scene.

Very dry conditions continue to keep fire risk elevated. As of late Wednesday afternoon, fire danger is high to very high across the far Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Very little if any rain fell across the region Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

Dry weather is expected for the next week.  

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