NEWBERRY, MI -- Michigan authorities say a bit of rain and four more firefighting aircraft are helping to contain a wildfire that has consumed 31.6 square miles of Upper Peninsula forest and destroyed at least 61 buildings.
The state Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that 230 people are fighting the fire in the eastern part of sparsely populated upper Michigan. No injuries are reported.
The agency says the fire near Newberry was about 47 percent contained Sunday evening.
Spokesman Dean Wilson says lightning delayed air operations until about noon. He says four Michigan National Guard helicopters have joined the fleet of two air tankers and a helicopter, and are focusing on protecting structures.
Wilson says a partial count shows the fire has destroyed 28 homes, 19 garages and 14 outbuildings.
GLENWOOD, NM -- Crews fighting a wildfire in the Gila (HEE'-luh) National Forest in New Mexico planned to take advantage of lighter winds Sunday by building protection lines on key flanks of the blaze and preparing to send water-dropping helicopters into the air for the first time in several days.
The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire had burned more than 122,000 acres, or 191 square miles, by mid-day Sunday and was about two miles away from the privately owned ghost town of Mogollon in southwestern New Mexico.
In western Colorado, winds have spread two wildfires that have burned more than 7,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of several campgrounds.
In California, ground crews with air support were surrounding a stubborn wildfire that has burned through 4,100 acres of grass and brush in rural San Diego County.