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THE CARCASS OF a wild turkey lies in the ruins of a portion of the Huron
National Forest after a fire destroyed 25,000 acres of forest land and numer-
ous homes and cottages in the area.
Northern forest fire
controlled; kills one,
MIO (UPI) - A deliberately set
forest fire that got out of hand, ate
through 25,000 acres of northeast
Michigan timber and killed one
firefighter, was brought under control
yesterday, theU.S. Forest Service said.
Weary firefighters, exhausted by 36
hours of duty, succeeded in taming the
fire at about noon (EDT), Forest Ser-
vice spokesman Richard Klade said.
FIREFIGHTERS managed late
Tuesday to contain the blaze, com-
pleting firelines around the perimeter
of the slowly moving flames that stret-
ched along a front 101/ miles long and
five miles wide.
"The fire has been declared under
control," Klade said. "That means
there aren't any fires flaring up inside
that area. It means we're sure it isn't
going to start expanding.
"There still may be some smoke
where people will go in and make sure
it's absolutely out," Klade said.
"There'll be some spots that are
smoldering but there's nothing that's
an open blaze any more."
OFFICIALS HOPED to start pulling
fire crews off the lines later in the day,
KIadg said. ;Clan-up operations likely
would continue for several days, he
The Forest Service started the fire in
the Huron-Manistee National Forest
Monday to improve the habitat for Kir-
tland warblers, an endangered species
of bird, but the flames were whipped
out of control by shifting winds.
Before some 200 firefighters could
circle the blaze, the flames destroyed
an estimated 35 houses and cottages,
killed a Forest Service technician, in-
jured a civilian and forced hundreds of
people from their homes.
FOREST SERVICE firefighters from
a half-dozen states were joined by
Michigan Department of Natural
Resources personnel and firemen from
area communities in battling the blaze.
The tire stretched through parts of
three counties and consumed at least
25,000 acres of jackpine and hardwood,
officials said. Damage estimates could
be revised once the burned area is sur-
Klade said restoration and anti-
erosion work already was-under way in
some forest land ravaged by the fire,
which raised questions about the "con-