A wildfire that killed six people and damaged more than $300 million in rural Michigan has led to new restrictions on the amount of fuel you can carry and the amount you can bring into the state.
In addition, people who don’t wear face coverings, gloves and protective gear are asked to pack out their personal belongings.
The fire broke out Saturday night, burning through an agricultural area on the outskirts of Detroit.
By Sunday, authorities were reporting that the fire had grown to 1,000 hectares and was still burning.
There are now no containment lines in the fire and there are no signs of life in the area.
There is also no warning for evacuation.
More than 20,000 acres have burned and about 3,000 people are living in shelters.
Firefighters and police are battling the blaze, which is the second-biggest fire in Harford county, and are on the hunt for a second fire.
“I have never seen such devastation in Harfords history,” Harford Fire Chief Greg Farrar said.
“We are fighting the fire in an effort to contain it.
The community is doing its best.”
About 50 homes have been destroyed in the blaze and about $150,000 in damage.
The blaze started Sunday night and is burning on top of the land.
A road leading to the community of Harford, about 40 kilometres northeast of Detroit, was closed to vehicle traffic Sunday night, but reopened about two hours later.
Residents of the Harford community are allowed to enter the community, but are told to stay inside and avoid the road.
Residents are being urged to avoid the area at all costs, including driving, as the roads have been damaged.
Farrard said that he is expecting a large amount of people to leave the area by Monday morning.
“There is a huge amount of damage to the communities that we are working to contain,” he said.
Farshad Hussain, a resident of the community and a father of two, said he was trying to leave for work when the fire broke and that he has not heard from his children since.
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever been through,” he told CBC News.
He said he had never experienced the type of devastation that he had seen.
“When the smoke cleared, I saw all the trees, all the houses, cars and even a little house that was in flames,” Hussain said.
He described the fire as “devastating.”
The fire also destroyed the homes of at least three people in the community.
A resident of an apartment building where one of the victims lived told CBC that the blaze destroyed the building.
The victims were identified as a man and his wife.
The family of a man who died in the incident said his wife was killed in the house fire.
He did not want to give his last name, citing fear of reprisals.
The man’s wife was a member of the local Sikh community and his son died in a car accident in 2015, the Sikh community’s website reported.
“She was very supportive of the family and she did everything she could to help them,” the family said in a statement.
A neighbour of the woman’s family said she was very happy that her daughter had gone missing.
“My heart goes out to her family and friends,” he wrote on Facebook.
In a statement, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said that its team has been working to locate the family of the victim.
“At this time, the Sheriff’s office is working to determine if there are any missing persons or other individuals involved in the events that transpired over the weekend,” the statement read.
“The Sheriff’s department is working closely with local law enforcement, the Michigan State Police, and other federal, state and local agencies to investigate these events.”
The Harfard County Emergency Management Agency said that the death toll has risen to seven.
The Sheriff’s Department says that the fires are burning on the front lines of a battle against a global climate change crisis that has been raging for decades.
The world is in the midst of the most extreme wildfire season in the history of our planet, the agency said.
The wildfires are being fuelled by warming temperatures in the U.S., with the warmest December on record.
In 2016, the United Nations predicted that the planet would experience a fire season in excess of 10 years.
The agency added that the global temperature will be 4 degrees Celsius higher by mid-century than it was in 1900.
“Global warming is not a coincidence,” Farrarc said.