DNR responding to 'Colfax Fire' in Wexford County

Contact: Kerry Wieber, 517-643-1256
Agency: Natural Resources

May 25, 2021

A red DNR firetruck on the scene at the Colfax Fire in Wexford County, which burned at least 400 acres on Tuesday. Hot temperatures, dry conditions and winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour this afternoon increased fire danger across mid-Michigan today and fueled a wildfire that has burned more than 400 acres.

The Colfax Fire, currently 60% contained, was reported this afternoon along 31 Road between 12 Road and 10 Road. 

At 10 this evening, an evacuation order was lifted for several homes northwest of the city of Manton in northern Wexford County. Area residents were evacuated late this afternoon as firefighters battled a wildfire that started on private land and spread into the state forest.  

Although the road closures have been lifted, please use caution when traveling in the fire area, as a significant number of emergency vehicles and fire crews are still working in the area.

The fire began in a scotch pine plantation, spotted north across 10 Road and continued to burn into aspen, red pine and spruce on state forest land. The fire continued north and spotted over 8 Road, but a majority of the fire area has been contained south of 8 Road and west of 33 Road. ("Spotting" occurs when a fire produces sparks or embers that are carried by the wind and start new fires beyond the zone of direct ignition by the main fire.)  

The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently under investigation.

The DNR reminds everyone to take precautions while doing yard work and engaging in outdoor activities this spring. Get a burn permit at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit and check local weather and fire danger before you burn debris. Other safety tips include burning debris in barrels with metal screens and clearing any vegetation around your burn area. Always have a source of water nearby when burning and never leave a fire unattended. Completely extinguish fires every time you burn. 

Note to editors: The following high-resolution images are available for download. 

Fire truck: A fire truck on the scene at the Colfax Fire in Wexford County, which burned at least 400 acres Tuesday.

Smoke: Smoke rises from the ground as the sun sets on the Colfax Fire in Wexford County. Spurred by winds, the fire burned 400 acres Tuesday.