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U.S. Forest Service Plans Controlled Burns in Three Northern MI Counties

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The U.S. Forest Service says it's planning a series of controlled fires in three northern Michigan counties this spring to get rid of ground litter such as dead limbs and trees that could cause wildfires.

The fires will be set in Manistee, Wexford and Newaygo counties within the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

Locations are based on a variety of weather conditions, such as wind speed and temperatures.

They warn people in the area that smoke may be visible and the smell may carry for many miles.

Controlled burns help create revegetated areas that wildlife can use for food, shelter, and a place to raise their young. They also help prevent fires later in the season.