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Wildfire season underway in 2015

Burn safelySeeing green grass as the snow melts this Spring is nice, but the DNR reminds us to watch out for the brown.

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.

Suicide rates are highest in spring, CDC data shows

March 20 marks the first day of spring and while some of us are having thoughts of gardening or spring baseball- others are struggling with thoughts of suicide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control data in 2013, 1,295 people died by suicide in Michigan. The CDC data shows most of the deaths occurred in spring months.

Suicide prevention advocates said the post-Christmas months of low exercise, low social contact and few holidays to look forward to – leave people with mental illness exhausted and vulnerable when spring rolls around. Continue reading

Sign of Spring: Horses return to Mackinac Island

Courtesy of Carriage ToursEvery winter, Mackinac Island’s horses are moved to the mainland, where it is cheaper to feed them during the tourism off-season. And every spring, the horses make their triumphant return to the island.
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