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Forest fire near Baldwin contained, cause still unknown

The DNR said the wildfire is contained and burned about 30 acres. They are still trying to determine the cause.

UPDATE: The DNR said the wildfire is contained and burned about 30 acres. They are still trying to determine the cause. 

The DNR stated that the wildfire was not related to the prescribed burn earlier in the day, that took place 15 miles away from the fire. 

ORIGINAL: On Friday, authorities are on the scene of a wildfire, northeast of the Baldwin area. 

Lake County Dispatch say the fire started around 3:07 p.m. in the the 3000 block of South James. Officials say the fire has traveled a half mile northeast so far. The fire has yet to be contained. 

Locals are evacuating their homes on 25th Road East of James Road and 24th Street from M-37 to Marryville. 

The Lake County Sheriff's Office posted a "Public Advisory Notice" on their Facebook page on Friday stating, "The DNR will be conducting a controlled burn near Forman Road Road and 7 Mile Road in Eden Township today."

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is asking those living South of 32nd St, North from 24th St, West of Forman and East of James St to evacuate their home at this time and to please avoid the area. 

Lake County Dispatch said an emergency shelter is located at the Webber Township Hall at 2011 W Springtime St Baldwin. The Lake County Animal Shelter is also being evacuated.  

If you need assistance, please contact LC Central Dispatch at 231-745-2711. This is a developing story and 13 ON YOUR SIDE is on scene and will provide updates. 

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