Wildfires

Huron Manistee National Forests

 

A firefighter from northern Michigan is helping battle wildfires in Australia.

 

Huron-Manistee National Forests employee Brian Stearns was hand-picked by the U.S. Forest Service for his leadership and firefighting experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighters take on wildfire in Marquette County

Jul 31, 2015
Department of Natural Resources

A wildfire has spread to roughly 70 acres at a logging operation in Marquette County. Department of Natural Resources and township firefighters had the fire 60 percent contained by Thursday night. 

Containment efforts will continue today. The cause has not been determined.

The danger of wildfires is high to extremely high in Michigan right now. 

Fire danger likely to remain high through the week

May 5, 2015

Officials with the Huron-Manistee National Forest expect heightened fire danger in northern Michigan through Friday. This weekend alone the Forest Service responded to 11 fires, including one in Alcona that burned 470 acres.

“This year has been a much more dangerous fire season,” says Ken Arbogast, public affairs officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

The region saw lower snowfall this winter and the spring hasn’t brought much rain.

“Some areas may have experienced rain yesterday,” he says. “But it wasn’t enough to really saturate the groundcover.”

Wildfire conditions 'hazardous,' officials say

Apr 16, 2015

Michigan firefighters are in the middle of a busy spring wildfire season. Thirty-five wildfires have popped up across the state in the last month. Fire officials say higher temperatures – combined with low humidity and high winds – have made conditions dangerous.

Debra-Ann Brabazon manages the Michigan Inter-Agency Dispatch Center in Cadillac. She says a recent period of sunny skies has led many people outdoors to clean up yard waste.

As April approaches, the chance for wildfires increases. Most Michigan wildfires occur in April, May or June with few a few minor fires happening throughout the rest of summer and into fall.

Wildfire prevention specialist with the Department of Natural Resources Dan Laux says this spring is already shaping up to be warmer and drier than those in the past. The snow melting so early may mean wildfire season could come sooner, but with the ground remaining damp for a while, Laux isn't too concerned.