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No burn permits in MI

Submitted by on March 27, 2020 – 12:22 amNo Comment

Michigan residents stuck at home and contemplating spring cleanup in the yard are not allowed to burn leaves, branches and other debris.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order suspends permits for open burning.

“We need to make sure our emergency response resources are available where they are needed at this time,” said Dan Laux, fire supervisor for the DNR Forest Resources Division. “Less open burning means less potential for escaped fires, and that means staff can deal with other, more critical needs.”

“It’s out of an abundance of caution that we want to support the statewide effort to fight COVID-19,” Laux added. “Suspending burn permits in much of the state means fewer people will be burning debris – the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Michigan.”

Open burning in some parts of the state may still be allowed in areas where the ground is snow-covered.

In the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, burn permits are issued through the DNR’s website at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. Residents are encouraged to frequently check the site to see when restrictions are lifted.