Fires in the U.P.

May 23rd, 2012 at 2:24 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

  UPDATE:  The Seney Fire has grown to +3300 acres.  There was also a big paper mill fire in Niagara, WI.   Seven wildfires have been burning in the U.P.  (picture from WLUC) of fire burning in the Seney Wildlife Refuge.  This fire was started on Monday by lightning.  The storms also knocked out power to over 1200 customers, produced hail up to 1″ in diameter at Ironwood, Houghton and Marquette, and downed trees and power lines.   Rockland reported 2.8″ of rain from the storms.  Hail also fell in NW Lower Michigan.   Another 60-acre fire in Delta Co. has been contained.  Crews from the Michigan DNR and the US Forest Service have been fighting the fires.  This area has had only 2/3rds of average rainfall since March 1.

25 Responses to “Fires in the U.P.”

  1. Sharon (L'Anse, MI) says:

    This is just a heads-up for possible downstate tourists coming up for the Memorial Day weekend…..some of the trails around Seney may be closed for the Holiday…be sure to check ahead if those trails are important to your trip. Have a safe & happy Memorial Day weekend.

  2. JP in BC says:

    I know not related… but did anyone else see the shooting star last night about 1030? came from directly overhead to due North. So pretty with brilliant white and yellow double flash.

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  4. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT! In just a few short moments we will be following the pace car around Iowa Speedway, STREAMED LIVE HERE

  5. fixxxer says:

    warm summer my rear. that’s some darn cold air out west for almost june.

    1. Brad says:

      Two words: non sequitur.

      1. fixxxer says:

        you won’t be saying that if we get that cold next week and have to put your winter coats back on brad.

        1. Brad says:

          I will still be saying that. See Cort’s post.

    2. Cort S. says:

      fixxxer, you’ve commented about the cold air out west at least twice before in the past month, and each time I’ve told you how it’s:

      (1) slightly colder in those spots automatically because of the high elevation

      (2) not even all that terrible cold for them compared to their average: [map of temperature departures]

      (3) partially the reason why we are so warm in Michigan, because of the way the jet stream is snaking across the United States, separating the warm air to its south from the cold air to its north. [This map shows where the jet stream is.]

      So having cold air in the Western US is good news if you want warm air in Michigan. Please learn not to freak out about this stuff.

      1. fixxxer says:

        cort bill and i talked last night and he’s not too thrilled about how next week and the first week of june will pan out either. don’t believe me feel free to email him. i have no desire to be closing my windows and wearing coats in june.

        1. fixxxer says:

          i think this summers temps and severe weather is a crapshoot this year.

        2. Cort S. says:

          Don’t worry, I believe you and Bill because I also see the same thing. A blocking high south of Greenland will set up and the resulting teleconnection will give us some cooler weather after the holiday weekend. But I’ve seen early Junes that have had their cold periods, and have had no effect whatsoever on how the rest of the summer turned out. It’s really nothing to freak out about.

          But you have a week of beautiful weather (and occasionally exciting with the chance of severe storms) coming up on the weekend you swore for the past month would be complete garbage. Spend time enjoying it now without the debilitating anxiety that a cold front will eventually come. Cross the cold-weather-bridge when you come to it, for it too shall pass. You have to admit that you have no basis for believing this summer will be a crapshoot. Long ranges are of course junk science (in your words), and that includes long ranges which come from your gut. Even 2009 had a couple of devastating severe thunderstorms in some locations of West Michigan. All it takes is one magical cell over Wyoming to make your summer memorable.

        3. Cort S. says:

          By the way, you won’t need your winter coat. That’s just nonsense. A jacket perhaps, but come on now…

  6. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    They are saying the fire in Seney Refuge is up to 1500 acres now.Smoke on the water. What a great day here. This weekend will be way to hot.

    1. fixxxer says:

      it does look warm at least through monday.

      1. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

        Maybe even have a few storms thrown in. We need some more rain anyways. It’s a toasty 82° here.

        1. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

          Well,maybe not 82°. I see the sun has been hitting my temp reader through the skylite. Looks to be around 74.

    2. Brad says:

      As long as no lives or significant property are lost, the fire is a good thing.

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      1. Skot says:

        After a long day at the shop….I needed that laugh. Thanks R.J.

  8. We’re in Nebraska friends, and it appears as though I will see storms today. Streaming live at come join us!

  9. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Freaky fixxxer is a hopeless Debbie Downner! His comments are worthless!! Fixxxer how did your cold and wet Memorial day weekend forecast hold up. You are 100% wrong again.

  10. bnoppe(Albion) says:


  11. All of you guys make my day! I used to get on Facebook, first thing after my devotions, but it is way more fun to read this blog! I think, unless some of you have met fixxer, that he is really a girl who is just having fun with you’all. I have grown to sort of love fixxer, in a weird way, because he/she is so much like my ex-husband…and it brings back memories and gratitude that I’m no longer married. Have a lovely weekend everyone…don’t let the weather be your emotional barometer! We have much to be grateful here in the US…enjoy it while it lasts.

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