Keep fire safety in mind during Labor Day

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages everyone to be cautious if using a campfire this upcoming holiday weekend. Recently, many areas of the state have received precipitation, however, there are still some areas that are below average in rainfall for the season.

This also is the time of year that some grasses and leaves begin to die. Once these fuels are dead, they do not retain as much moisture and dry more quickly than live, green grasses and leaves.

Fire Safety Precautions:

– Clear an area to mineral soil around your campfire or debris burning site before lighting your fire.

– Never leave any fire unattended.

– Keep all campfires and debris fires small.

– Have water available in case your fire flares up. If the fire does escape, call 911 immediately before attempting to put it out.

– When you are done with your fire, drown it with plenty of water. Wet everything thoroughly, especially the undersides of unburned pieces. Stir the ashes to find any hot embers and wet everything again.

– Do not simply bury your fire; soil will act as an insulating blanket and mask the heat beneath the surface.

Unattended fires or improperly extinguished fires are two leading causes of forest fires.