The wildfire in Michigan's Upper Peninsula continued to spread Sunday and now threatens Tahquamenon Falls State Park, according to the Sault Ste. Marie Evening News. The fire has burned more than 20,000 acres since it began Wednesday, including six miles of Lake Superior's shoreline.
* The Duck Lake fire in Luce County is one of two wildfires in the Upper Peninsula. The Seney Wildlife Refuge fire in Schoolcraft County is reportedly more than 70 percent contained as of Sunday.
* Both fires reportedly were started by lightning. Dry conditions and high temperatures have allowed the Duck Lake Fire to spread across the tops of pine trees.
* Establishing a perimeter to try to contain the fire has proven more challenging because the area has few access roads. Twenty percent of the fire is contained only by having reached the Lake Superior shoreline, according to MLive.
* More than 170 structures are within the fire's perimeter. Approximately 80 structures, including homes, garages, outbuildings, sheds and cabins, have been destroyed as confirmed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
* The Michigan DNR confirmed the boundaries of the fire encompass about 40 miles. Six miles is Lake Superior shoreline. Another 13 miles are fire lines as drawn by the firefighters. The last 21 miles are uncontained.
* The Michigan DNR lowered the estimated scope of the fire's damage to just slightly more than 20,000 acres, according to the Associated Press.
* More than 229 people are fighting the blaze, an increase from the 101 the Michigan DNR reported Saturday. At least 40 firefighters are battling the blaze from the air.
* The state has enacted a 49-county burn ban, which includes fireworks and campfires. That ban encompasses the entire Upper Peninsula as well as some of the northernmost points of the Lower Peninsula.
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