Wildfire risk in northern Michigan is at ‘extreme levels'
With 4th of July around the corner, people are getting outside, making campfires, and shooting off fireworks.
But state officials are urging people living or visiting Northern Michigan to exercise caution.
Jeff Vasher is a fire specialist with the Michigan DNR. He said fire season typically ends in the spring, but recent dry weather and high winds make for perfect conditions for wildfires.
“You can still have a fire for recreation," he said. "It's just like burning leaves and brush, if you can hold off to get rain, it's better to do that. We want people to have fun, you know, while they're out doing their recreation, but just be careful at the same time.”
Vasher said people should make sure campfires are fully out before leaving them unattended.
The DNR has more fire safety tips to reduce the risk of wildfires online.