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Fire conditions

Fire conditions

Fire conditions in Michigan can vary throughout the state; be aware of locations where fire conditions warrant extra precautions.

Currently, the fuels that feed wildfires, like pine needles, leaves and grass, have very low levels of moisture. The dryness of these fuels can cause a wildfire to spread more quickly and burn more intensely than what is typical for this time of year.

You can check fire conditions across the state at

Call 911 immediately if you see a wildfire.

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Campfires are allowed right now. When having a campfire make sure to take the proper steps when you’re done.

  • Keep a water source next to your campfire.
  • Properly extinguish your campfire when you are finished by dousing with water and stirring dirt in with a shovel.
  • Use the back of your hand to detect if heat is still coming from the fire or ring. If you can feel heat, the fire is not out. Douse and stir again.
  • Spray down the metal ring of your campfire. The heat from that can cause dry grass to catch fire.
  • Never leave your fire unattended, not even for a minute.
ORV riding


A simple spark could start a wildfire! Causes of wildfires aren’t always what you might think - vehicles, including ORVs, cars and lawnmowers, can start a fire. Keep the following in mind:

  • Chains or tie-downs dragging from a trailer or vehicle can lead to sparks.
  • Lawnmower blades that accidently hit a rock can spark.
  • When brakes wear too thin, the resulting metal on metal can cause sparks.
  • Tire blowouts and driving on the rim with a flat tire can cause sparks.
  • Parking a hot vehicle over grasses or leaf litter can start a fire.
fire safety

Open burn (burning of yard waste)

Open burning of yard waste or debris is currently not allowed in some areas of the state. Please check to see if burn permits are being issued in your area by the DNR (northern two-thirds of the state and the Upper Peninsula) or your local authorities (southern Michigan).

Always be aware of weather conditions before burning. 27% of wildfires are caused by debris (leaf, brush) burning.

DNR response

  • When fire danger levels are very high and extreme, firefighting units are strategically placed in key locations around the state for quick response in the event of a wildfire.
  • We work with partners including the USDA Forest Service, Michigan State Police, Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact members, and local units to suppress large wildfires.
  • Prescribed burns are not conducted by department staff in extreme and high-risk periods.
  • Increased fire prevention and fire safety messaging are being conducted to inform the public of conditions and high-risk activities.

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