Already this spring, wildfires in Michigan have burned through seven times more land than they did at the same time last year.
Dan Laux is a DNR fire prevention specialist. He says this time of year Michigan residents need to be extra careful when burning.
“Here in Michigan, ya know, usually ‘bout every 9 out of 10 fires is human caused. The bulk of what we respond to are folks who are out doing debris burning. They leave their pile unattended for a little bit while they go in the house for lunch, but people are the cause of most of them.”
Locks says the best way to protect your home is to keep yard waste raked up and always get a burn permit before setting a fire.
So far this year the DNR has responded to 13 wildfires that burned some 70 acres of land.
For a longer list of tips to keep your home flame free, visit the DNR here.
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The holidays bring people together for family meals, warm fireplaces and tree lights, but police say all of those things can increase the risk of fires.
Michigan State Police said most home fires happen in the winter. U.S. Fire Administration data shows that in Michigan, most residential fires last year occurred in December and February. Continue reading
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