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From: gov_office@MICHIGAN.GOV [mailto:gov_office@MICHIGAN.GOV]
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 5:12 PM
Subject: Governor declares state of emergency



August 8, 2007



Governor Granholm Declares State of Emergency in Luce County



LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today declared a state of emergency in Luce County, in the Upper Peninsula.  The declaration was requested by local officials and ensures resources and assistance will continue to be made available to combat the Sleeper Lake fire which has grown to nearly 20,000 acres in size.


“This emergency declaration will strengthen our ability to mobilize much-needed resources for the men and women who are continuing to fight this fire, and protect the lives and property of residents in Luce County,” Granholm said.  “The state of Michigan stands ready to help in any way possible.”


Governor Granholm’s emergency declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate all state efforts in preserving and acquiring state resources to assist with the containment of the fire.  Executive Order 2007-38 allows resources, such as people on the ground, supplies, equipment, materials, or facilities, to be utilized from all state departments.  Various state departments, including the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State Police, have been coordinating with and assisting local officials in the county since the fire began on August 2.


Governor Granholm will also be taking steps to authorize the continued involvement of the Michigan Army National Guard which has played an instrumental role with the use of its aircrafts in helping combat the fire 


The state of emergency will remain in effect until September 5, 2007, but could end sooner if emergency conditions no longer exist and appropriate programs have been put in place to begin the recovery process. 


To help monitor the situation, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was partially activated August 7, and SEOC personnel continue to monitor the situation on collaboration with federal, state, and local officials.


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