Wildfire burns 6 acres at Pictured Rocks, state forest

Authorities say a wildfire burned about 6 acres of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and adjacent state forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel reported the fire around 3 p.m. Monday near the Twelvemile Beach campground at Pictured Rocks.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Burt Township firefighters and Pictured Rocks park rangers extinguished the fire. Firefighters were due to continue "mop up" operations at the scene on Tuesday.

"Thank you to all our agency partners who reported and helped us keep this fire under control," Chief Ranger Joseph Hughes said in a Facebook post. "I would like to remind drivers and visitors to slow down and use caution in the area."

Park rangers say large amounts of smoke may linger for the next few days in the area near Twelvemile Beach campground and along Highway 58 near Kingston Lake campground.

The investigation into how the fire started is continuing.