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
Although the Great Lakes Region has had a couple of relatively quiet wildfire years, homeowners shouldn’t count on this trend continuing. Once normal warm, dry conditions return, they will pose a serious threat.
Posted on November 23, 2015 10:39am by Mike Schira
The 2015 wildfire season is keeping many fire departments busy managing local grass fires. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, most are the result of human activities.
Posted on April 14, 2015 4:32pm by Beth Clawson
Participating in this second annual event will help raise awareness and reduce wildfire risk for your home, property, neighborhood and community.
Posted on April 1, 2015 2:52pm by Elaine M. Bush
After two years with lower than normal risk, much of the upper Midwest is predicted to have higher than normal wildfire risk this April.
Posted on March 26, 2015 3:09pm by Brad Neumann
Learn how simple annual yard cleanup can help prevent wildland fire from affecting structures on your property.
Posted on March 20, 2015 11:19am by Julie Crick
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 M. 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 M. 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