The Whitewater Fire burning east of Detroit blew up Wednesday, growing nearly fivefold to 1,500 acres in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.
Hot weather, dry fuel and high winds caused the fire to make a run late Tuesday, spreading outside wilderness boundaries for the first time and reaching the doorstep of famed alpine basin Jefferson Park, officials said.
Fire officials are expecting the blaze to grow even larger in coming days.
“All the ingredients for extreme fire behavior are present,” said Steve Zeil , fire behavior analyst for the incident response team.
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