Most of Lower Peninsula under high fire danger through Tuesday

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MICHIGAN — Most of the Lower Peninsula was under a fire weather watch through 8 p.m. Monday and a red flag warning from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday due to dry conditions and low humidity, according to the National Weather Service. 

In addition, higher wind gusts are expected Tuesday, which would help fires to spread if they begin. 

According to a press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, residents are being asked to restrict outdoor burning through May 1. 

“We are currently seeing a significant increase in wildfire activity,” said DNR Fire Prevention Specialist Paul Rogers. “We are asking residents to restrict outdoor burning due to dry conditions.”

Any DNR plans for prescribed burns have been canceled for Tuesday. 

With temperatures expected to approach 80 degrees Tuesday along with winds up to 30 mph, conditions will be prime for wildfires. 

For more information about current weather conditions as well as weather watches and warnings, visit the NWS at www.weather.gov.

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