Northern Michigan wildfire evacuees allowed back home

Michigan wildfire evacuees can return Saturday

Published On: Jun 01 2012 06:14:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 01 2012 08:34:42 PM EDT

State officials are allowing some Upper Peninsula residents evacuated due to a weeklong wildfire to return home.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fire Management public information officer Dean Wilson said Friday that only people who can prove residency in certain communities can get back in between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.

The communities are Pike Lake, Bodi Lake, Little Lake Harbor and Culhane Lake.

Wilson said the effort is "to get people back in their homes, out of hotels and out of friends' homes."

They will have to check in and check out as they come and go. Roads still will be closed to non-residents.

The wildfire has consumed about 21,500 acres in Luce County's Duck Lake area.