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Doing fall yard cleanup? Don’t forget to check for a burn permit


Before lighting that match to ignite leaf piles and brush, remember to check if conditions are safe for burning and know your local fire ordinances. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Leaves are turning red and gold across Michigan, and for many, that means it’s time to take care of fall yard cleanup before the snow flies.

Before lighting that match to ignite leaf piles and brush, remember to check if conditions are safe for burning and know your local fire ordinances. You can also consider mulching or composting fallen leaves, which enriches the soil and does not pose a wildfire hazard. 

If you’re in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, visit Michigan.gov/burnpermit or call 866-922-BURN to find out whether burning is allowed. Southern Lower Peninsula residents can get burn permits from their local government or fire department.

“Although temperatures are getting cooler, dry weather and high winds can still carry sparks with the potential to start wildfires,” said Paul Rogers, DNR fire prevention specialist.

When burning, always have a water source nearby and never leave a fire unattended. It’s ok to burn natural materials like leaves, branches and logs, but not legal to burn plastic or other trash.

Visit Michigan.gov/BurnPermit for more information on responsible burning.

Questions? Contact Paul Rogers at 616-260-8406.

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