Forest fires are no laughing matter. According to the Insurance Institute:
“As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by humans, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.”
And although it is highly unlikely that a wildfire in northern Michigan will be caused by lava, the same can’t be said for campfires.
It may be a rainy year where you are from, but that isn’t necessarily the case in Northern Michigan. So check the local fire report here: Local Fire Report, and always be sure to make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it! Remember, it only takes a second for the sparks to fly and hit those dry leaves nearby!
The Department of Natural Resources maintains a nationally recognized wildfire program that is charged with protecting state and private land. DNR firefighters on average respond to 500 wildfires annually.
For more information on the Michigan DNR and their various programs, spend some time at their site via the link below!