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Warm weather raises spirits & fire danger

Submitted by on March 30, 2010 – 6:13 amNo Comment

As spring settles in over northern Michigan, the fire danger index is climbing almost as rapidly as people’s spirits following a long winter. 

According to Carol Nilsson, Fire Information Officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forests, wildfire danger is currently “very high” and could rise to “extreme” with warmer temperatures forecast later this week.

“The fire danger is very high right now and no burning permits are being issued anywhere across the northern Lower Peninsula at this time,” said Nilsson.

In addition to dry conditions, she went on to say the three key elements that drive the fire index into the danger zone are low humidity, windy conditions and hot, direct sunlight.

Outdoor burning is currently only permitted in select locations of the upper peninsula.  Burning without a permit can lead to a fine and fire suppression costs if the fire gets out of control. 

Temperatures across northeast lower Michigan are expected to rise into the mid-70’s later this week, with no rain in the long-term forecast.