DNR Won't Issue Burning Permits Until State Receives Significant Rain|
Burning permits will not be issued in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula until those areas receive significant precipitation, Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries announced today. Burn permits may or may not be available in southern Michigan, depending on local weather conditions and fire danger levels.
This past week proved that the fire danger was not exaggerated with 109 new reported fires consuming more than 2,162 acres. There also were five structures in the path of wildfires reported destroyed during the week. The largest fire was a 1,557-acre blaze that began in Roscommon County south of Prudenville. Crews remain on the scene of that fire mopping up stubborn smokes.
State fire officials said there is a forecast of rain mid-week and some areas received small amounts Monday, however the rain through Tuesday will not be enough to mitigate the "Very High" fire danger level that is posted for the entire state. The rain is welcome and should reduce the wildfire danger index in the short term but a persistent wet weather pattern will be required to keep the fire danger down.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.