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Michigan wildfire that burned over 3 square miles sparked by campfire

A Michigan wildfire that’s burned more than 3 square miles amid hot, dry conditions was sparked by a campfire, the state Department of Natural Resources said Sunday.

The Wilderness Trail Fire in Crawford County began about 1 p.m. Saturday near Staley Lake in Grayling Township and was traced to a campfire on private property, the department said in a Sunday update.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the fire, which has scorched more than 2,000 acres, was 85% contained by Sunday morning after the agency’s fire crews and partner agencies worked through the night to combat the blaze.

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Emergency evacuations were issued for the fire area but residents were allowed to return to their homes late Saturday.

The department said the fire danger remains very high to extreme in most parts of Michigan and those conditions are expected to persist amid lingering hot, dry conditions.

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