Investigators continue the task of searching for the cause of the wild fire at Pere Marquette State Park, but an official with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says an answer may never be found. No injuries were reported, no structures were damaged, but about 1,500 acres of land was affected in the blaze that actually started on private property and moved onto the government land a couple of weeks ago.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud says although the cause may be a mystery, it is obvious that numerous agencies were able to come together to fight the blaze, which he says may prove to be beneficial in the long-run.


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He says fire can help control less fire-tolerant tree species, plants and leaf litter, which can allow greater sunlight for germination and growth of young oaks and hickories, the kinds of trees that are valued in Illinois.