Be careful: Spring means conditions are ripe for wildfires

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Macatawa Marsh = controlled burn, April 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Experts say the next three months are a prime time for Michigan wildfires.

Bryce Avery, a state fire prevention specialist, says spring is the most dangerous time. Longer days, rising temperatures and lower humidity all dry out leaves and dead grass from last year, while winds fan the flames if they spark.

Avery says an ember on dead grass even on a calm day can start a wildfire. He urges people to check with the Department of Natural Resources before burning yard waste.

The state requires permits before someone burns brush or debris when snow doesn’t cover the ground.

The DNR says it protects some 30 million acres from wildfires.

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