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Tahquamenon Falls State Park Reopens After Fire Threat

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Upper Tahquamenon Falls (istockphoto)

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PARADISE (WWJ/AP) - A popular state park is reopening near a wildfire that’s been burning across more than 30 square miles of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says all park facilities south of M-123, including the Upper Falls Viewing Area, Lower Falls Viewing Area and Lower Falls Campground will be open. However, trails and locations of the park north of M-123 will remain temporarily closed due to the proximity of wildfire and firefighting efforts.

The well-known destination for campers was originally closed because of smoke and ash problems. Wilson says those conditions have cleared up in the park.

The DNR says the blaze known as the Duck Lake Fire began with a lightning strike last week and burned about 22,000 acres, or 34 square miles. The fire was estimated Tuesday at about 21,700 acres.

The DNR strongly encourages all residents and visitors in all parts of the state to avoid open burning and use of any fireworks during this extremely high fire-danger season to minimize the possibility of more wildfires.

For wildfire prevention tips, and for information on what is and is not permissible under the outdoor burning ban, visit www.michigan.gov/preventwildfires.

Photo Gallery: Wildfires Wreak Havoc In Upper Peninsula

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