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DNR urges caution with fire as hunters head to the woods


 

With warm weather, remember to check for burn permits before burning yard debris

With dry conditions expected throughout much of the state this week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters, and folks out cleaning up their yards, to keep fire safety in mind.

“There is a chance for rain tonight, but overall it’s very dry throughout much of the state,” said Jim Fisher, DNR state fire supervisor. “The DNR is reminding everyone enjoying their time in the woods, or those at home cleaning their yards, to be careful with campfires and debris burning this next week. If you do decide burn yard debris, remember to check the burn permit website or call the DNR’s toll-free number to check if burn permits are being issued in your area.”

The DNR encourages residents with Internet access to visit www.michigan.gov/burnpermit to get their burn permits online. Residents can use the interactive map to find the burn conditions in their area. If a “yes” is shown in the “burning permits issued” column, burning is allowed for that day. There is no need to print anything; this serves as a burn permit.

For those who prefer to get their burn permits by phone, the DNR’s toll-free burn permit number is 866-922-2876.

Dry conditions paired with increased outdoor activity had DNR firefighters, along with local fire departments, responding to 12 fires on 60 acres across the state last week. Firefighters’ actions saved seven structures, and only one outbuilding was lost.

Three of the fires were caused by campfires and four were started by people burning yard debris.

Fisher said these recent fires served as a reminder to be safe if camping while hunting.

“Keep an eye on your fire and extinguish it so it’s out cold before you leave it,” he said. “A good rule of thumb for anyone burning outdoors is to always have water and tools available when burning.”

For more information about wildfire prevention, visit www.michigan.gov/preventwildfires. To check if burn permits are being issued in your area, go to www.michigan.gov/burnpermit.

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No burn permits being issued


The Cedar Springs Fire Department is not issuing any burn permits until we receive a significant amount of rain, according to Fire Chief Marty Fraser.
The Michigan DNR issued a red flag warning last week due to dry conditions, and the Fire Department has stopped issuing permits until further notice.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows southern Lower Michigan is “abnormally dry” right now. Triple digit temperatures and a high heat index is making this the hottest period of weather we’ve experienced since 1936.

Bill O’Neill, acting chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, reminds residents that consumer fireworks that explode or fly into the air, when improperly used, are the cause of many wildfires each year. “Be aware that fireworks will easily ignite grass or wooded areas and should only be lit in areas free of vegetation,” he said.

If seeking a burn permit, please call your local fire department.

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