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Fall colors near peak

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula’s fall color season is approaching its peak, according to the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association (UPTRA).

UPTRA provides fall color reports for the U.P. on its website, www.uptravel.com, each week during the fall color season. The website states peak fall colors are ­normally seen in the area during the last week of September and the first two weeks of October.

In Delta County, 50 to 60 percent of trees had changed color as of Wednesday, Oct. 9. The county’s peak fall colors are expected to be seen in the second week of October.

Elsewhere in the central U.P., including the counties of Alger, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee, between 50 and 90 percent of trees have changed color. Peak colors in these areas are expected this weekend into the beginning of next week.

In the counties of Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft in the eastern U.P., between 40 and 80 percent of trees have changed color. These counties are expected to reach their peak fall colors in the first and second weeks of October.

In the western U.P. counties of Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw and Iron, between 60 and 90 percent of trees have changed colors. Peak colors in these areas are expected to be seen this weekend into the beginning of next week.

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