- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Some firefighters are camping on an uninhabited island in northern Lake Michigan as they work to contain a wildfire.

The government gave an update Thursday on the effort, which began after lightning sparked a fire in late June. Poverty Island is home to a lighthouse that is no longer being used, southeast of Escanaba and just off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Spokesman Mike Fitzgibbon says firefighters have been burning logs and woody debris that would otherwise add fuel to the wildfire on the 200-acre island.

The wildfire has consumed about 60 acres and is considered to be 60 percent contained. A sprinkler system is in place to protect the lighthouse and other buildings.

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