POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) – The federal government says a historic lighthouse is being protected from a wildfire on an uninhabited island in northern Lake Michigan.

Humidity and rain are keeping the fire under control on Poverty Island, but the fire continues to smolder in crevices, roots and old logs. The Bureau of Indian Affairs says firefighters plan to return when there are drier conditions.

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A sprinkler system is in place to protect the lighthouse and other buildings, which are made of brick and wood.

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The fire, likely started by lightning, was reported on June 30 and had burned 26 acres by Sunday. The 200-acre island is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.


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