Firewise Zoning Workshop

Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Charlevoix City Hall, 210 State Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720
Contact: Angie Lemon, 231-929-5077,

Michigan experiences an average of 8,000 to 10,000 wildfires each year. While most of these fires are small, each year wildfire damages property and risks human life. The 10 largest fires between 2006 and 2012 in Michigan consumed more than 60,000 acres and destroyed approximately 250 homes and structures. Fortunately, individuals and communities can take steps to protect against wildfire and coexist with this naturally occurring phenomenon.

MSU Extension prepared the Sample Wildfire Hazard Zoning for Michigan local governments to consider addressing wildfire mitigation and protection through local zoning. Four approaches are presented that range from educating property owners in wildfire hazard areas to regulating property access, landscaping, and building materials. The range of approaches is presented for local governments to select the most appropriate option, based on local conditions and circumstances. In total, the four approaches are intended to allow any community with wildfire risk to incorporate ‘firewise’ principles in the zoning ordinance.

Master Citizen Planner credits are available for this class.

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