Keystone Bay Wildfire

Project #: 99988  –   Updated: April 05, 2013

Project Summary

Consider visiting this example of a wildfire in a southern boreal ecosystem, with both recreation and fire science opportunities. The map below and the shape-kml zip file available among the project documents for download here, it is worth searching for on your next visit the Michigan's upper peninsula.

Located near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, the Keystone Bay Wildfire was started by lightning in July of 2006. Aggressively attacked during initial attack, it was contained to approximately 7 acres. Developing short term drought and windy conditions br...

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Location (by county):
Keweenaw County (MI)

Watersheds:
Keweenaw Peninsula

Congressional Districts:
MI District 01

Bird Conservation Regions:
Boreal Hardwood Transition

USFWS Regions:
Midwest Region

Project size:
128.88 acres
1.9 miles

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
1.9 mile access from Mandan Road Yes
Keystone Bay Wildfire Yes
Keystone Bay Spotfire Yes
Keystone Bay Spotfire Yes

Full Project Description

Consider visiting this example of a wildfire in a southern boreal ecosystem, with both recreation and fire science opportunities. The map below and the shape-kml zip file available among the project documents for download here, it is worth searching for on your next visit the Michigan's upper peninsula.

Located near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, the Keystone Bay Wildfire was started by lightning in July of 2006. Aggressively attacked during initial attack, it was contained to approximately 7 acres. Developing short term drought and windy conditions brought it back to life on August 4th, and it grew to 120 acres before being contained again. Considerable mopup was conducted to extinguish the fire.

Despite that, the intense burning through the shallow rocky site produced a severity that represents a fire rotation disturbance, with forest canopy mortality over much of the burned area.

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Organization

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
(State Government)

Primary Contact

Robert Ziel  (Program Coordinator)
Lake States Fire Science Consortium
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