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Enviro-Mich message from "Rita Jack" <ritaj@flint.umich.edu>
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Hello Michigan -
Just to reiterate, please tell all your friends, especially if you 
hear they're heading up north for any reason, and especially in light 
of the fires in Oscoda County this week.  If they smoke, warn them 
not to flick cigarettes out the window.....  etc..etc...
Thanks --  -Rita (who goes ballistic when she sees that) Jack

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Date sent:      	Wed, 3 May 2000 15:47:46 -0400
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From:           	Julee Hasbany <hasbanyj@STATE.MI.US>
Subject:        	FIRE DANGER IS VERY HIGH
To:             	DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 3 MAY 00	
CONTACT: Arthur Sutton, 517 373-1226

FIRE DANGER IS VERY HIGH

LANSING--The danger of wildfire is very high to extreme 
across most of northern Michigan. A Red Flag Warning has 
been issued for the Upper Peninsula for Wednesday afternoon, 
May 3. The fire danger is expected to remain dangerously 
high for the next several days, and the Department of 
Natural Resources will not be issuing any burning permits in 
the Upper Peninsula or northern Lower Peninsula until the 
fire danger decreases.
Wildfire officials across the state are becoming 
increasingly concerned about campfires that escape and 
become wildfires. "Both last year's Tower Lake fire in 
Marquette County and the U.S. Forest Service fire currently 
burning in Oscoda County were caused by escaped campfires," 
said Ed Hagan, Acting Forest Management Division Chief. "The 
simple precaution of drowning these fires with plenty of 
water would have prevented their escape."
Improperly extinguished campfires also are a risk to 
children. According to the Children's Hospital of Michigan 
Burn Center in Detroit, more than 1,000 children are burned 
each year when they walk through or fall into fire pits or 
campfire sites that have hot coals. Usually, these campfires 
have been covered with soil and left, and because they no 
longer produce flames or smoke, are thought to be safe. 
Keep your campfire small. Never leave any outdoor fire, 
including a campfire, unattended--even for a moment. Always 
be sure your campfire is completely extinguished before 
leaving it unattended. Improperly extinguished fires are one 
of the leading reasons campfires escape control.
Be sure to use plenty of water to extinguish your fire. Wet 
everything thoroughly, especially the undersides of unburned 
pieces. Stir the ashes to find any remaining hot spots, and 
wet them again with more water. Do not simply bury your fire with
soil--this will not extinguish the fire. Fires covered with soil may
smolder for several hours, or even days, providing an opportunity for
them to escape and cause a wildfire, or be harmful to children. "We
all enjoy a campfire," Hagan said. "Part of enjoying a campfire is
taking responsibility to make sure it's completely extinguished 
before
leaving it unattended. Do your part to keep children safe and prevent
wildfires."

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