Fire Danger Returns As Temperatures Rise - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Fire Danger Returns As Temperatures Rise

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Spring is here and the risk of wildfires is back for northern Michigan.

Winds helped fuel several small fires Thursday in a number of counties and more are likely on the way.

In the Tustin area, fire crews say a fire sparked after a homeowner dumped ashes from a wood burning stove on the property. He thought the ground was still moist, but the brown grass was dry and quickly set fire.

Fire crews responded and contained to the fire to about a quarter acre.

Both fire departments and the National Forest Service want people to be smart and safe when burning outside, even when the fire danger is low.

To stay safe the National Forest Service recommends making sure all vegetation is cleared from around the fire site, at least 15 feet. Also, make sure to have water and a shovel or rake handy in case the fire gets out of hand. The most important tip, stay with the fire until it is completely out.

It's also important to note, make sure burning is allowed in your community before you start a fire or put any type of embers onto the ground. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources issues those permits online at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-30301_30505_44539---,00.html.