- Associated Press - Monday, August 8, 2016

POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Firefighters have returned to an uninhabited island in northern Lake Michigan to protect a historic lighthouse from a stubborn wildfire.

The Poverty Island Fire Incident Command Team reports Monday that about 50 of the island’s 200 acres have burned.

The fire likely was started by lightning and was reported June 30.

Humidity and rain last month were keeping it under control, but the fire had continued smoldering. Conditions now are drier and officials hope to burn out trees and forest debris around the lighthouse to keep the blaze from spreading to the building.

A sprinkler system is in place to protect the lighthouse and other buildings.

The lighthouse no longer is being used. Poverty Island is southeast of Escanaba and just off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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