The DNR warns wildfire danger on the rise in many areas of Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that, because of recent warm temperatures and lack of rain, many portions of the state are seeing “high” to “very high” fire danger. The conditions are expected to remain for the next few days and into the weekend.

Dan Laux, fire prevention specialist with the DNR, said that fire activity has picked up over the past few days and DNR firefighters and other fire-suppression personnel across the state have been responding to more wildfire calls.

Laux said that the small amounts of rainfall that are expected in the upcoming days will not have enough of an impact on these dry conditions. “Because of these conditions,” he said, “we’re asking folks to be cautious with any outdoor fires.” 

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Anyone planning to enjoy the nice weather with a campfire is asked to follow the following safety tips:

  • Use fire rings in nonflammable areas that are sheltered from wind.
  • Keep a water source and shovel nearby.
  • Place roasting sticks in a bucket of water when not in use.
  • NEVER leave a campfire unattended.