The state Department of Natural Resources has dispatched several teams to assist in fighting the fires.
The risk of wildfires in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula is extremely high heading into this weekend.
Recent high temperatures and continued dry conditions have prompted the Department of Natural Resources to raise the warning level to “extremely high.” Continue reading
Damp conditions in northern Michigan may not, themselves, bring tourists into town, but the warm and windy weather attracts something else that does bring visitors.
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.
The state of Michigan is building a new facility to store wildfire fighting equipment.