With warmer weather in the forecast, and spring cleanup underway, fire officials are urging residents to use caution when burning outdoors.
Fire departments are typically pretty busy this time of year, as they deal with grass and brush fires that get out of hand–quite often due to careless burning.
The biggest danger comes from what are known as “one-hour materials”– those are grasses and other materials that dry out fast and can easily burn within an hour of a rainfall.
Officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources offer a few tips for keeping an outdoor fire under control.
They say never burn on windy days; keep your fire a safe distance from any structure or material that you do not intend to burn–and never leave a fire unattended.