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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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-----Original Message-----
From: Department of Natural Resources publications list
[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US]On Behalf Of Julee Hasbany
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 1:30 PM
To: DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US
Subject: SPRING FIRE SEASON IS HERE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 26 APR 01	
CONTACT: Arthur Sutton, 517-373-1226

SPRING FIRE SEASON IS HERE

LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources 
expects the fire danger to be high this weekend, especially 
in areas where grasses have not greened up.
"Warm, dry weather finally has arrived, which means the dry 
grass, leaves and dead vegetation on the ground are 
especially susceptible to burning," said Mindy Koch, Chief 
of the DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division. "We 
expect the warm, dry weather conditions forecasted for this 
weekend to create a potentially dangerous situation."
A permit is required before doing any outdoor burning, and 
can be obtained from the DNR or the USDA Forest Service in 
the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Local 
units of government and fire departments issue burn permits 
in southern Michigan. A list of contacts for obtaining a 
permit can be found on the DNR Web site at 
www.michigandnr.com. "Calling for a burn permit is the best 
way to get up-to-date fire danger information," Koch said.
Burn permits are issued only for burning leaves, brush or 
stumps; burning of all other materials is prohibited. Koch 
said burn permits may be restricted over the next few days, 
or not issued at all, depending upon local weather 
conditions.
Burning household and yard debris causes over one-third of 
Michigan wildfires. These fires pose a special danger 
because of their proximity to homes and other structures.
The DNR recommends the following safety precautions for any 
outdoor burning:
* Never leave an outdoor campfire or debris fire unattended, 
even for a moment.
* Have water available in case your fire begins to escape. 
If your fire does escape, call for help immediately.
* Always be sure your debris fire and/or campfire is 
completely extinguished before leaving it unattended. 
Improperly extinguished fires are one of the leading causes 
of wildfires. They also are a major cause of burns among 
children. Hundreds of children are burned each year when 
they fall into or walk over an improperly extinguished fire.
* Drown your fire with plenty of water. Wet everything 
thoroughly, especially the undersides of unburned pieces. 
Stir the ashes to find any hot spots (you'll see and hear 
steam escape when you find one), and wet everything again 
with more water.
* Do not simply bury your fire with soil. In most cases this 
will not extinguish the fire, and it will not protect 
children against being burned if they fall or walk into it. 

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