Some Michigan communities issue burning bans amid dry weather

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Several Michigan communities have issued burning bans following a recent lack of rain as part of an effort to prevent fires that might get out of control.

The Lansing State Journal reports fire officials in dozens of Lansing-area communities on Monday and Tuesday banned open burning until conditions improve. Some Michigan communities are telling residents not to set off fireworks due to dry conditions.

State Fire Marshal Julie Secontine tells The Detroit News that she was considering whether it would be appropriate to recommend statewide bans on fireworks and burning because of extremely dry conditions heading into the Fourth of July weekend.

MLive.com reports the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has already banned open burning of debris for most of the northern Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula.

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