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Homeowner Recalls Escape from Forest Fire

Homeowner Recalls Escape from Forest Fire

This Tuesday, May 18, 2010 photo released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment shows the Meridian Boundary Fire near South Branch Township, Mich., in Crawford County. [AP]

Associated Press

May 21, 2010

SOUTH BRANCH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities say 12 homes were destroyed and two damaged by the inferno that blasted across Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula after a resident lost control of a brush fire.

The fire in Crawford County has covered roughly 8,800 acres. The fire is considered 80 percent contained, or secure enough that flames were unlikely to jump a line around the fire’s perimeter.

Crawford County is about 60 miles east of Traverse City.

A spokeswoman for the Camp Grayling National Guard complex, Maj. Dawn Dancer, says a second fire that broke out there Tuesday is extinguished. It started as an intentional burn to clear firing ranges. But it consumed 1,200 acres, mostly on the installation. But four homes on adjacent private land were lost.

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