Above-average fire threat for Northern Michigan

Michigan authorities are warning of an increased wildfire risk in the northern part of the state because of below-normal snowfall. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources office in Cadillac said there was less-than-average snowfall last winter in the Upper Peninsula and the northern third of the Lower Peninsula. Fire prevention specialist Paul Kollmeyer said the ground is becoming snow-free earlier this year and woodlands will have less moisture. He said spring is a peak period for wildfires in Michigan because of the exposure of dead vegetation.
Anonymous
Apr 4, 2011

Kollmeyer said Michiganians should be aware that they need a permit to burn brush. Northern residents can get permits online at www.michigan.gov/burnpermit or by calling 866-922-2876.  Southern residents can contact local officials.

— From The Associated Press

Online:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire prevention tips: www.michigan.gov/dnr-fire
 

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