WASHINGTON — More than a million acres of grassland are burning in the Great Lakes Basin in the wake of the fire in Chelan County that has burned nearly a million square miles.
The fire is still smoldering, but it’s been slowed by a drought, and many communities in the area have had to evacuate.
Firefighters are battling the blaze in the heart of the Great Lake Region, which has been the epicenter of the blaze.
At a news conference Saturday, Gov.
Rick Snyder said there were no signs of life in Cheyenne County, where Chelan has been home to a number of high-profile cases of cancer.
Snyder said officials are still trying to determine if the fire has spread to other parts of the county.
“It’s still burning and there are no signs at this time that anything is out of the ordinary,” he said.
While the fire is not expected to spread to the Great Rivers region, officials are concerned it could spread into the nearby communities of Cheyennes and Mound Lake.
As the flames have burned, water levels in some of the Cheyenes dams have risen to the point that they are no longer safe, said Joe Osterman, a spokesman for the Cheyne County Emergency Management Agency.
Residents have been warned to conserve water, Ostermen said.
The Cheyne Fire is still burning in Lake Cheyena.
(AP photo)The fire has forced evacuation warnings for Cheyene, Mound, Lake and Lake Huron counties.
Cheyennes County is expected to be the worst-hit area, with at least 100 homes destroyed, and about 300 structures threatened.
Cheyenan County has also seen more than 1,000 structures destroyed, officials said.
Lake Huron County, which includes the towns of Grand Lake and Grand Rapids, has been spared most of the damage.
There are no immediate reports of any injuries, but residents have been told to avoid drinking water.
Officials in the city of Cheektowaga, which covers the region, are also advising residents to avoid driving and to stay inside when the fires are under control.
Cheektawaga Mayor David McQueen said he’s concerned about the potential for the flames to spread through the city.
This is a very dangerous situation.
We have no idea if we’re going to be able to get through this fire, and that’s a concern.
It’s also a concern for our citizens because there are many roads in the county that are not safe,” he told WLFI-TV in Cheektsville.
The fire in the Cheykna River watershed has also prompted evacuations for several nearby communities.
The region is still recovering from the last major blaze in 2015, which killed nearly 2,500 people and destroyed more than 7,000 homes.