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Michigan wildfire risk expected to remain high through July

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Current conditions and long-term projections both show Michigan with a high risk of wildfire.

Most of Michigan’s wildfires occur in April, May, or June. This year’s high risk period for wildfires is projected to continue into July.

The risk of wildfire in Michigan for June and July is among the most above average of any area of the country.

The Michigan DNR talked about the current risk of fire.

“One out of three wildfires in Michigan is caused by someone burning debris who did not take proper precautions or obtain a burn permit,” said Paul Kollmeyer, resource protection manager within the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. “Many people look outside and think the snow and spring rains have taken the edge off the wildfire danger.”

That’s not the case, Kollmeyer said.

“The dried leaves, needles and brown grass from last year are still there. When the weather is warm, folks want to get out and clean up their yards. They don’t realize that all it takes is one strong wind gust catching an ember to ignite a wildfire.”

There have already been several grass fires in West Michigan this spring.

Check current conditions and fire danger risk levels.

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