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.
Although, Montmorency County has not recently been home to any large wildfires, we continue to have numerous smaller wildfires. These grass and brush fires have destroyed a number of buildings within the County.
The above article is typical of the type of wildfire we experience in Montmorency County. Thanks to the outstanding work done by our local fire departments, these fires have been prevented from becoming massive wildfires.
The MSU Extension Wildfire program helps people recognize the risks of wildfires, and then shows you how to prevent damage to homes and buildings should a wildfire occur.
For more information, contact Phill Secord at the Montmorency MSU Extension office, or go to the MSU Firewise web page at http://firewise.msu.edu/