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Firewise on the Farm Presentation

Date: Oct 22, 2014
Location: North Central Michigan College Library, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey

Jed Jaworski, MSU Extension Firewise field staff, will discuss how farmers can protect their buildings, family, livestock and crops from wildfire.

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.

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