Mecosta Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 10:00 am EDT on April 20, 2014

...High fire danger today...

Warm temperatures and very low humidities will combine to produce a high fire danger today. Green up has not yet occurred and the existing dead and very dry vegetation could fuel wildfires.

Land management agencies offer these safety tips to help keep wildfires from being started and from spreading:

-contact your local fire agency before burning to obtain information about The Burning regulations in your area. State law requires a permit for open burning whenever the ground is not snow-covered... even on your own property. Most areas do not allow burning on warm... dry... and windy days.

-All burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover... with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.

-Do not throw smoking materials such as cigars... cigarettes and matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the Road and produce a wildfire.

-Extinguish all outdoor fires properly... if outdoor fires are allowed. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.

-Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass... ignite a fire... and quickly spread.