MARQUETTE, MI-- Officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say fire danger is high to very high across much of the state right now.
Fire prevention specialist Paul Rogers says even though the landscape is green, forests and grasses are very dry. He says a fire can escape and move quickly due to dry air and fuels like dry grass, brush, and downed tree branches.
Officials say never leave a fire unattended, even for a moment. Make sure you always have water on hand while the fire is burning. Douse your fire with water, stir the ashes and douse with water again before going to bed or leaving the site. And if you plan to burn yard debris, first check michigan.gov/burnpermit or with your local municipality to ensure burning is permitted in your area.