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
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
Composting instead of burning leaves and other garden wastes helps to protect the environment, prevent wildfires and improve soils for healthier plants.
Posted on October 20, 2013 2:59pm by Beth Clawson
On September 5, 2013 during National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a nationwide, community-based initiative to increase emergency preparedness.
Posted on September 11, 2013 9:09am by Elaine M. Bush