Holiday weekend warning: Use caution to avoid wildfires

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With plenty of sunshine in the Memorial Day weekend forecast, state officials are urging people to be mindful of fire danger.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says most wildfires are caused by actions such as burning trash and yard debris, setting off fireworks and failing to properly monitor campfires.

The DNR already has responded to 254 wildfires that have burned 2,600 acres during the current fire season.

Prevention specialist Dan Laux offers a number of recommendations for avoiding wildfires. Among them are never leaving fires unattended, keeping campfires small, keeping water close by and being sure that campfires are thoroughly drowned when it’s time to break camp.

If you’d like to burn yard debris, check online to see if permits are being issued locally.

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