There are 10,000-12,000 wildfires every year in Michigan, and most are preventable.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 88% of all wildfires are started by humans.
“There’s a lot of wildfires in Michigan every year, and most wildfires in Michigan are actually caused by people usually through careless acts like unattended campfires, debris burning,” says DNR Officer Glenn Palmgren.
Debris burning is legal in Michigan, but only in certain areas and a permit is required. The easiest way to find out if you are able to burn debris is to contact your local fire department.
Delta Township Fire Cheif Gregg Ginebaugh says that responding to a debris fire is rare, but freeway fires are more common.
“A lot of the bad habits if you will, are flicking cigarette buds out the window and people don’t realize that as it rolls off the road it goes into the side of the road and before you know it we have fires that are spreading along the freeways.”
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