Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement after visiting the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) fire command center in Newberry on Sunday, June 3, 2012:
"On Sunday, I had the privilege of again visiting the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Duck Lake fire command center and the American Red Cross shelter. Like many in Northern Michigan, I applaud the efforts of the many firemen, volunteers, DNR personnel, members of the Red Cross and members of the Michigan National Guard, who continue to work non-stop to try to put an end to this fire.
With an estimated 136 structures lost and over 21,000 acres burned, the damage done by this fire is tragic for the community. Our prayers remain with those who have lost homes, businesses, and property.
The emergency personnel appear to be winning the battle against this wildfire which is now 76 percent contained, but the work is far from over. The outpouring of support from local residents and volunteers has been tremendous, but those affected by this blaze will continue to need help as they move forward. My office will continue to assist displaced homeowners and businesses and will work closely with the DNR as they reapply for federal disaster assistance."