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Areas in Michigan under extreme, very high fire danger

Hot and dry weather has prompted the DNR to issue and extreme fire danger in some parts of Michigan.
A wildfire in Newaygo County spread over 100 acres in May during a time with the DNR issued a fire warning.

The fire risk is very high or high across Michigan, and in some places, it has reached an extreme fire danger.

Just north of Grand Rapids, the Big Rapids area is under an extreme fire danger and many parts of northern Michigan are also under that warning.

The DNR said that in a 30 mile radius of the Twin Lake area on Saturday, there were 20 reported fires.

"It's really getting dry and we're looking at summertime conditions where fires normally pick up, and the big issue right now is they are really hard to put out once you do get a fire," said Leo Evans with the DNR.

The DNR has also issued a ban on burning debris in most of Northern Michigan and the U.P.

On July 6, the DNR also issued a fire weather warning. In a release the DNR fire prevention specialist, Paul Rogers, said, "It doesn’t take much to start a wildfire. Hot embers buried in ashes can flame up days after a campfire has been put ‘out.'"

The DNR also gave this advice for preventing fires:

  • If you're going to have a campfire, make sure you have a clear area for it
  • Have something available to control a campfire
  • If a fire does get out of control, report it right away

In May, when there were burn restrictions in place, a wildfire spread over 100 acres in Newaygo County.

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