No ban recommended -DNR urges caution.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources addressed some recent speculation by the citizenry over the possibility of a fireworks/campfire ban for the coming holiday weekend by issuing the following press release:
Warm weather and family gatherings can make the Fourth of July a fun time with great memories, but before celebrating, please remember...
....that some areas of Michigan, especially the southern portions of the Lower Peninsula and eastern Upper Peninsula, are experiencing very dry conditions.
The state fire marshal in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, currently is evaluating the situation. At this point no recommendations have been made to the governor on any state action regarding burn or fireworks bans for certain high-risk areas. Statewide bans are not being considered at this time. Anyone planning on doing any open burning or lighting of fireworks will need to check with local units of governments on any regulations or ordinances that may be in effect.
“The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a great time for folks to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, but it is also a time to remember wildfire safety,” said Bryce Avery, DNR fire prevention specialist. “You can have fun celebrating while being safe and making sure your property and our natural resources are protected. The best way to avoid the risk of starting a wildfire this holiday weekend is to attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.”
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to an average of 19,700 fires caused by fireworks each year. For those who are planning to use fireworks, the DNR suggests keeping these safety tips in mind:
For more fire prevention information and safety tips, visit www.michigan.gov/preventwildfires.