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Permit required before conducting outside burns

Submitted by on April 12, 2019 – 12:20 amNo Comment
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The Department of Natural Resources says that as temperatures begin to warm, residents are reminded they must obtain a permit before performing any outdoor burning.

Anyone planning to burn leaves or other yard debris must first check with local officials to see if conditions are right for safe burning.

And although campfires still are permitted during times of increased fire danger, the DNR urges extreme caution with all fires.

“Though fires can happen just about any time of year, most wildfires in Michigan occur in April, May and June,” said DNR fire supervisor Don Klingler. “The dead grass and leaves from last year are still very dry, and it only takes one escaped spark to start a wildfire.”

So far this year, the DNR already has responded to 23 wildfires that burned 180 acres.

Residents in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula can check local burn permit status by visiting Michigan.gov/BurnPermit or calling 866-922-2876.

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