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Prescribed burns Tuesday

Two burns will be in Fairplain Township. One is 160 acres and the other 41 acres. They will burn timber and grass for the Karner blue butterfly habitat, and grass for upland bird habitat.

The third burn is in Eureka Township (62 acres), also for Karner blue butterfly habitat enhancement.

The Karner blue butterfly is a federally listed endangered species in Michigan.

Other prescribed burns in the state are occurring in Arenac County (red pine management), Monroe County (upland bird habitat and native grasses), Oakland County (to stimulate oak regeneration), and Otsego (grass and shrubs for elk, deer and turkey.

Prescribed burns are planned to achieve specific objectives—often simulating the benefits of natural fires. The burns are conducted by highly trained DNR personnel in designated state-managed areas during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities and local units of government. Public safety is a top priority during all prescribed burns. Prescribed burns are used to:

Enhance wildlife habitat.
Help with forest regeneration.
Restore and maintain native plant life.
Control invasive plant species.
Reduce the risk of wildfires.
Although prescribed burns are planned, they can be canceled at the last minute due to careful monitoring of weather and wind conditions.

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Three injured in Montcalm crash

Three people were injured in a serious two-vehicle crash in Montcalm County Saturday morning, October 1.
According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred about 10 a.m. at M-46 and Douglas Road in Richland Township, about 30 miles east of Howard City.
The driver of a 1990 Mazda, an 18-year-old from Stanton, was traveling southbound on Douglas Road, when he went through the stop sign at M-46 and struck a 2000 Dodge Caravan driving eastbound. Both the 18-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were removed from the vehicle by good Samaritans who came upon the crash before police or rescue personnel arrived. Police said that shortly after the teenagers were pulled from the car, it exploded and burned.
Both teens were transported to hospitals: Sparrow in Lansing, and St. Mary’s in Saginaw. The eastbound vehicle was driven by a 52-year-old woman from Marlette, Michigan. She was flown to Spectrum in Grand Rapids.
The Marlette woman had been transporting her two-year-old granddaughter at the time of the incident. She was secured in a car seat in the back of the minivan. She suffered minor injuries and was turned over to her mother at the scene.
Richland, Home and Day Township fire departments responded to the burning vehicle and assisted at the scene.

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Burglaries in Montcalm County

A daytime breaking and entering complaint was handled in the Howard City area by the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post on September 1.  A residence near Maple Hill Rd and M-82 was broken into and three flat screen TVs were taken. This incident is believed to have occurred between 11:00 a.m and 12:30 p.m.
Another complaint was handled on September 1, in reference to a larceny of vehicle tires. The tires were stolen off of a personal vehicle that was parked at Peasely Trucking, located at 15015 W. M-46 near Amble Rd.
Anybody with information on either of these thefts is requested to contact Trooper Rice at the Lakeview Post at (989) 352-8444.

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