Rain puts damper on area grass fires

May 25, 2017

By John Raffel

Area residents need to be aware of potential fire risks at all times, an area-firefighter said.

“It’s been really quiet,” Marion assistant fire chief and Northern Michigan U.S. Forest Service fire chief Chris Peterson said earlier this month. “We’ve had a bunch of medical calls.”

When it comes to grass fires, “from my fire department hat, we haven’t had hardly any,” Peterson said. “From my Forest Service fire chief hat, we’ve been averaging two to three fires a day that we’ve been responding to in northern Michigan. They’re all human caused. There have been no burning permits issued over the last week. I’d have to say that goes to human fault.”
Individuals involved could get a ticket.

“We’ve had a lot of rain, but in a nutshell, once you get past a third to fourth day without rain, it’s vulnerable to burn,” Peterson said.

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