Dry, windy weather makes Michigan vulnerable to wildfires

Firefighter battling a wildfire, Photo Date: 8/2/2018 / Photo: CAL FIRE / (MGN)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) State officials say much of Michigan's Lower Peninsula is at high risk for wildfires because of recent dry, windy weather.

The Department of Natural Resources says areas of highest concern run from southwestern Michigan to the top of the northern Lower Peninsula. Danger is also elevated between southeastern Michigan and the top of the "Thumb" area.

DNR staffers this year have fought 46 fires that burned nearly 360 acres.

Prevention specialist Paul Rogers advises waiting until late evening to burn yard debris or use all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and other outdoor machinery that can ignite dry grass with heat or sparks.

Residents can find out whether it's safe to light fires in a particular area by going online to get a burn permit or contacting local officials.

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