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DNR warns of fire danger across parts of Michigan

Posted: 3:50 PM, May 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-25 19:50:21Z

The Michigan DNR has a message for anyone headed up north this holiday weekend: take precaution.

Parts of the state - mainly in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula - are still experiencing elevated fire danger after weeks of higher-than-normal fire danger.

That means people need to be careful when building campfires, burning yard debris, grilling or using fireworks to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

“We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, but do take precautions,” said Paul Rogers, DNR fire prevention specialist. "The vast majority of wildfires in Michigan are caused by human activity."

Anyone who plans to burn in the northern Lower Peninsula or Upper Peninsula must go online to michigan.gov/burnpermit or call 866-922-2876 to see where burning is allowed. People in the southern Lower Peninsula should check with their local municipalities for burning regulations.