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Isle Royale investigators ask public for information about Mt. Franklin wildfire

Aug 16, 2022 09:44AM ● By Laura Durenberger
Photo: A wildland firefighter with a yellow helmet and shirt looks upon a smoldering wildfire. | Photo by NPS/Bridget Byrne

By Emily Bingham - MLive News - August 15, 2022

Isle Royale National Park is asking the public for information that could help with an investigation into a wildfire that was sparked this weekend.

Park officials took to social media to ask for any details pertaining to an allegedly illegal fire and associated camp on the park’s Mount Franklin Trail the evening of Friday, August 12 and into the morning of Saturday, August 13.

“If you have information that could help, please submit a tip. You don’t have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know,” officials said in a Facebook post.

On Saturday, park staff received reports of a plume of smoke from an apparent wildfire burning in the area of Three Mile campground. Initially estimated at 11 acres, the fire has burned 5.7 acres as of mid-day Monday and now is being suppressed by National Park Service personnel and requested wildland firefighters. The fire has seen little growth over the past day, according to an update on the park’s website.

Several trails and campgrounds remain closed as crews continue to work in the area. A list of current closures and further updates about the fire are at nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/mt-franklin-fire-2022.htm. More information about the fire will be released soon, officials said.

Anyone with information about the Mt. Franklin Fire can call or text the tipline at 888-653-0009, submit a tip online at go.nps.gov/SubmitATip, or send an email to [email protected]


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