DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to use caution with bonfires and fireworks this Fourth of July as the state faces dangerously dry conditions.
"Warm temperatures and a lack of moisture across Michigan, in particular southern Michigan, have created elevated fire danger," said Don Johnson of the DNR's Forest Resources Division.
According to the DNR, numerous fires start every year when people irresponsibly light fireworks. Concern is especially high this year because of a state law that passed last year allowing aerial fireworks.
Be safe and responsible this Fourth of July season by following these guidelines:
- Use fireworks responsibly by not igniting them near dry, combustible vegetation.
- Be sure there is proper adult supervision whenever shooting off consumer fireworks.
- Remember that it is illegal to use fireworks on any public property without proper authorization.
- Keep all campfires small and never leave any fire unattended, even for a moment.
- Always be sure ashes and barbeque coals are completely extinguished before leaving. Improperly extinguished fires are the leading causes of wildfires.
- Have water available in case your fire begins to escape and drown your coals thoroughly before leaving a campfire.
"There is no reason people can't be safe and have fun at the same time," said Johnson. "We urge people to responsibly enjoy the holiday and their time in Michigan's great outdoors."