GLADSTONE, MI-- Due to worsening fire danger conditions, the Hiawatha National Forest is restricting the building or use of fires unless in Forest Service-provided fire rings.
Charcoal grills are prohibited. Compressed gas camp stoves are permitted.
Current data shows the eastern half of the U.P. is abnormally dry or in moderate drought conditions. Several late-season frosts killed emerging leaves on young oak stands and blueberry patches, rendering them tinder dry. And winter ice and windstorms broke off tree limbs and tops, creating abnormally high amounts of dead fuel.
The restrictions will be in effect until July 19 unless terminated earlier.