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Elevated fire danger today

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Low humidity warm temperatures and light winds sound like the perfect recipe for an award winning day. And while that's true, they are also the perfect recipe for an elevated fire risk.

The elevated fire danger Monday and Tuesday pertains more to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula as they have a greater risk, but all of Michigan needs to be cautious.  The entire UP is under a Red Flag Warning until 8 p.m. Monday night. Northern Lower Michigan including Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, and Alcona counties are under a Fire Weather Watch until 10 p.m. Monday night.

See the attached picture for what warning is where. The pink color is the Red Flag warning, the beige is the Fire Weather Watch and the grey color is an Air Quality Alert.

Dew points are in the lower 40s this morning and will only rise into the lower 50s later today which means very dry air is in place. Humidity is running at 18-23 percent. Low humidity, warm temperatures in the upper 70s and breezy southwest winds combined make for an elevated fire danger.

If you plan to burn or have an open fire (bonfire, ect.) than you need to use extra caution. Burn permits vary widely across the board depending on county. If you want to know what the laws our where you live you can find the information on the Michigan DNR website.

The elevated fire risk is not as great for mid-Michigan, but the risk still exists so even if you are not under a watch be safe and smart if you plan to burn or have an open flame.

One other thing to note Monday is that there is an Air Quality Alert for western Michigan along the coast of Lake Michigan (grey color on graphic).  Van Buren, Allegan, Kent, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties are under the alert until the end of the day.

Monday is going to be an action day for elevated levels of ozone. What this means is that pollutants are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

According to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, people and businesses are urged to avoid activities that lead to ozone formations.

A.K.A refueling vehicles, using gas powered lawn equipment and using charcoal lighter fluid.

Try carpooling or biking to work to save on gas emission.  This is only for western Michigan. None of our area is included in this alerts, but if you are traveling west keep this in mind.

You can find warning for our viewing at the weather alerts page.

Enjoy the sun today! 

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