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
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
As most Michigan wildfires occur in the spring, participate in this day of action to reduce your wildfire risk.
Posted on April 23, 2014 12:27pm by Elaine M. Bush
Outdoor burning that escapes and becomes uncontrolled is the single largest cause of wildland fires as reported by the Michigan DNR; threatening homes and communities lying in their destructive paths.
Posted on April 17, 2014 3:26pm by Mike Schira
When homes and communities are in the path of wildland fire events they are at risk.
Posted on March 31, 2014 8:19am by Mike Schira
In the face of historically bitter winter weather, heating fuel prices are at record highs due to shortages in many traditionally plentiful fuel supplies. Wood for heat may be a practical alternative to fossil fuels for some homeowners.
Posted on March 3, 2014 10:21am by Mike Schira
Limbs heavily-laden with snow and ice can break off and die increasing fuel loads ahead of our next fire season.
Posted on February 18, 2014 12:50pm by Mike Schira
Healthy organisms in the compost will be active and produce steam even in the winter time. Steaming compost is not an indication that the compost is on fire. Be Firewise by actively managing your compost.
Posted on December 23, 2013 2:11pm by Beth Clawson