Fire danger levels to elevate this week

BY ANTHONY RIZZO

Fire danger levels across northern lower Michigan are likely to be elevated this week due to a variety of reasons.

They include: temperature ranging from the 70s to the 80s, low humidity levels and higher winds.

Andy Sullivan, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord, said this is more of a moderate threat,“If we thought fire dangers were going to be severely high, then we would have a red flag warning,” said Sullivan. “That’s when all three factors, the wind, the low humidity and the temperatures are all in combination at the same time, then it would be a high threat.”

Sullivan said he does not expect any red flag warnings for Michigan regions in the near future.

The fire danger is a threat because, due to the conditions, the fire can spread easier.

Information on fire conditions is at: www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits.

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