Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are trying to figure out how a wildfire started in Allegan County. It burned roughly 11 acres of the Allegan State Forest.
DNR officers were in the area doing prescribed burns. They were in between burns when the wildfire started. Officials use prescribed burns as a natural part of the ecosystem, fire can help remove invasive species. Officers say they are able to keep prescribed burns under control and safe. That is not the case with wildfires, Paul Rogers the Forest Fire Supervisor for the DNR's Plainwell Management Unit says "We want to make sure we get it suppressed, as lives and safety is of the utmost importance, that's our first protection."
Fire fighters from Salem Township and Hamilton assisted crews from the DNR with putting the fire out.