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Environment & Climate Change

State officials warn of fire danger ahead of Labor Day weekend

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Fire Officer Randy McKenzie
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MIDNR
The Meridian Wildfire near Grayling, Michigan in 2010. The fire damaged and destroyed homes. It was started by one person who lost control of their burn pile.

Want to roast some marshmallows this weekend? 

Natural resource officials in the state have a message for you - "with the romance, comes responsibility":

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/01-Track_1_206383_7.mp3

The Associated Press reports that campfires account for about one in 10 wildfires. From the AP:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says warm summer temperatures and a lack of rain have combined to make the risk of wildfires especially high. The agency says the highest risk is in the western half of the Upper Peninsula and in the central counties of northern lower Michigan, areas that are especially dry. There's only a slight chance of rain over the weekend to lessen the danger. The DNR recommends taking precautions to keep campfires under control and extinguishing them by dousing them withwater before leaving.

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