Thursday afternoon a fire began at Superior Cedar Products in the Village of Carney.  The fire quickly escalated in a woodpile. More than 100 firefighters from both Michigan and Wisconsin responded to the out-of-control blaze.  Although firefighters have established a perimeter and contained the blaze, this emergency will demand an ongoing response. Menominee County requested a governor’s declaration. Governor Whitmer’s declaration concludes that additional assistance may be required to protect health, safety and property and to lessen or avert the threat of more severe and lasting harm.

By declaring a state of emergency, Governor Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recover efforts in the designated area. In addition to state resources, the declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate with other member states of the Interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact, such as Wisconsin, if needed to use available resources to assist in the designated areas pursuant to the Michigan Emergency Management Plan.