LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Tuesday was an especially toasty day for mid-Michigan, with a cold front following the heat Wednesday morning.

There is a downside to the cold front that was present this morning, as the front brought certain conditions that can cause and spread wildfires. This phenomenon is named “fire weather.”

Currently, mid-Michigan is at an elevated risk for fire weather, meaning that if a fire were to occur, it would be harder to control and contain.

The following weather factors elevate the risk of fire weather:

  • Warmer temperatures
  • Instability
  • Low relative humidity
  • Increased wind speeds

In Wednesday morning’s case, the cold front created instability, lowered relative humidity to around 30% for the evening and increased wind gusts to around 25 miles per hour.

Though the ingredients are there, the conditions in mid-Michigan aren’t reaching a certain threshold to set off a fire weather watch or warning from the National Weather Service.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when weather conditions like this arise:

  • Keep a water source nearby
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Check you local forecast to check wind speeds and other conditions
  • Be sure to check for any burn restrictions in your area

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