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If you see an uncontrolled fire CALL 9-1-1, don’t assume someone else already has

  • The Upper Peninsula has substantial forested and rural areas that may be hard for firefighters to access

  • Most wildfires are a direct result from people.

    • Know your area

    • Know the dangers

    • Be aware of weather conditions

  • Look at fire danger in your area (spring is most common time for wildfire to occur due to dry and windy conditions). Use the Weather Permit Button (see right) for daily weather conditions in your area.

Understand what the fire danger system means:

 National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS)



Yellow= high

Orange=very high

 Red= extreme  

Smoke is just as dangerous as flames; protect yourself. Your eyes and respiratory system are the most affected. N95 masks can be purchased at pharmacies/health stores, online or retail stores


Don’t burn grass clippings, leaves or trash on high risk burning days and be aware of burning bans in your area

Maintain an area approximately 30 feet away from you home that is free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, newspapers and other brush

Bonfire/Fireworks: know burning guide regulations. Michigan has a strict open burn policy. Educate yourself on the rules and regulations - they are in place for a reason.

Always obtain a free burn permit: click on burn permit button to obtain fast, free and easy burn information for your area.  

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