Wildfires in the state of Michigan are generally underestimated in regard to number and losses. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimates that 8,000 to 10,000 wildfires occur each year in this state. While most of these are small wildfires - burning between 5 and 50 acres—many wildfires exceed 100 acres and some have consumed thousands of acres. In addition, each year 100 to 200 homes and buildings are either lost or damaged due to wildfires. Because most wildfires are caused by human activities, the number of wildfires and losses can be reduced if residents would take more precautions.
MSUE Wildfire News
The winter months are a good time to host local fire departments on your farm to plan ahead.
Posted on January 29, 2015 12:16pm by Julie Crick
When a fire occurs in a home, occupants can quickly be overcome by smoke and unable to reach nearby exits. Planning and practice can help you survive.
Posted on January 28, 2015 10:58pm by Elaine Bush
Young children and individuals with heart or lung conditions are especially vulnerable. Learn how to protect yourself and family members from wildfire smoke.
Posted on January 26, 2015 12:06pm by Elaine Bush
Although Firewise Communities information will still continue to be available, outreach and programming efforts through MSU Extension are being reduced in Michigan.
Posted on December 29, 2014 12:19pm by Mike Schira
Using Firewise safe materials in home construction projects can help home owners avoid a loss in the event of a wildfire in their immediate area.
Posted on November 21, 2014 1:27pm by Mike Schira
Is your cottage prepared for wildfires?
Posted on November 13, 2014 2:41pm by Mike Schira
Burning leaves and yard waste is a major cause of wildfires and contributes to air and water pollution. Composting is your best alternative for managing leaves, yard waste and food waste.
Posted on October 2, 2014 11:53am by Beth Clawson
Moderate growing temperatures along with adequate rain help to encourage plant development and growth. This enhanced growth can add to fuel loads and pose an additional threat to structures should a fire get started.
Posted on October 1, 2014 2:47pm by Mike Schira
Any time there is an extended dry or drought period the threat of wildland fire exists as long as enough combustible materials have accumulated.
Posted on August 6, 2014 8:33am by Mike Schira
Spring is the time of year with the highest number of wildfires in Michigan. Most of these are the result of human activities from burning leaves, brush and other trash. Farms and rural dwellings are most at risk.
Posted on April 24, 2014 3:10pm by Beth Clawson