Fire danger critically high today

April 22, 2019 GMT

Fire danger is critically high today in Mason, Oceana, Muskegon and many other counties, and burn restrictions are in place for some areas.

“It means there is no outdoor burning allowed in the county,” according to a notice from the Ludington Fire Department.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Rapids issued a Red Flag Warning for fire danger at 9:58 a.m. Monday, which is in effect until 8 p.m. Monday, April 22.

“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Be careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildfire. Camping, outdoor grills, smoking materials, chain saws and all-terrain vehicles all have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire,” the NWS states on its website.

The winds are reported to be south with a speed of 10 to 20 mph and with gusts of up to 30 mph. The relative humidity is as low as 25 percent. Temperatures are in the 70s, and could possibly reach near 80 degrees, according to NWS.

The counties included in the Red Flag Warning area are Mason, Oceana, Lake, Muskegon, Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Osceola, Ottawa and Van Buren.

For more information on burn restrictions, visit the Michigan DNR website at www.michigan.gov/burnpermit or call (866) 922-2876.