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Michigan DNR asks public to practice fire safety over Memorial Day weekend

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The state Department of Natural Resources is advising Michiganders, who may be taking part in outdoor activities, to practice fire safety over Memorial Day weekend.

The state DNR is advising the public to check if burn permits are required in their area, and to practice fire safety.

Paul Rogers is a Wildfire Prevention Specialist with the Michigan DNR. He said camping fires and warming fires are okay, but given current dry conditions across the state, the department is recommending against the burning of yard waste.

“Even though it’s spring and everything looks really green and lush, green grass is burning right now, especially when you have pine component mixed in, it is climbing those pine trees, so it is quite a dangerous time of year we’re in right now because we’ve had almost 15 days without any measurable precipitation,” he said.

Rogers said escaped debris burns represent over 90 percent of wildfires in Michigan. He adds the department will continue issuing advisories on fire safety until the state gets a measurable amount of precipitation.

Some fire safety tips include keeping a hose, or water source nearby, preventing sparks by keeping hot equipment off of dry grass, and containing campfires in a pit or ring and ensuring fires are put out before leaving. More tips can be foundhere.