Grass Fire Danger

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Michigan is experiencing a significant increase in grass fires this spring as a drought continues to grip large parts of the state.

The number of wildfires has more than tripled from last year.

Fire danger is especially high in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Gusty winds and low moisture create the perfect conditions for flames to spread quickly in the state's 846,000 acres of jackpine forest.

The National Weather Service says reports abnormal dryness or moderate drought in much of the Lower Peninsula.

That includes the Detroit area, where fire departments recently had to battle a series of grass fires in Macomb and Oakland counties.

They were on top of 82 wildfires in Michigan through April 13, up from 22 fires last year.