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.
A Firewise model community is typically a subdivision in which residents have recognized that wildfire is a significant risk to their homes, property and safety and subsequently have made the effort to enact changes that will reduce or prevent the impact of a wildfire.
November 11, 2016 | Mike Schira | Although spring is usually thought of as “wildfire season” throughout Michigan, it is in the fall when homeowners can be most effective in protecting their structures from potential wildfire losses.
September 9, 2016 | Mike Schira | The slow recovery from the 2012 Duck Lake Fire in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an indication of how much impact wildfires can have. Although there is evidence of regrowth and renewal, the scars are still very real and will be for years to come.
November 23, 2015 | Mike Schira | Although the Great Lakes Region has had a couple of relatively quiet wildfire years, homeowners shouldn’t count on this trend continuing. Once normal warm, dry conditions return, they will pose a serious threat.