West Michigan is in dire need of some rain! Can you remember the last time we actually saw a measurable amount of rainfall here in the Kalamazoo area? It's been nearly a month!

The last time Kalamazoo saw any significant rainfall was May 19 and even then we only when received 3/10 of an inch of rain. With that, it's no surprise the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has elevated our fire risk level to extreme.

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Now, the Michigan DNR is reminding residents of the lesser-known threats that may accidentally spark fires under such dangerously dry conditions. I'll be honest-- there are quite a few things on this list that I wouldn't have even considered!

7 Unsuspecting Items That May Spark Wildfires

With extremely dry conditions across the state, the Michigan DNR is reminding residents of the following everyday items that may accidentally spark a fire.

Many communities across the state, including the City of Battle Creek have instituted burn bans for the time being. You can check open burning status across Michigan here.

5 Important Ways to Keep Your Pets Calm & Safe During Firework Season

All of the excitement we love about the summer season can be pretty traumatic and scary for our four-legged family members. Here are a few ways to ease the fear and calm your pet during firework season.

Michigan's 2023 Independence Day: 4th of July Fireworks

Looking for a fireworks show in Michigan this 4th of July 2023? There are no shortages of firework displays and Fourth of July festivals for you and the whole family to enjoy in the Mitten State!

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