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Fire Weather: Red Flag Warnings in effect

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Red Flag Warnings in effect until 8 PM Tuesday Red Flag Warnings in effect until 8 PM Tuesday
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

With warm, dry, and breezy conditions expected around the state of Michigan today, the National Weather Service office in Gaylord has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of northern lower Michigan today.

A Red Flag Warning is issued when conditions are favorable for fires to spread rapidly and become out of control. These warnings are in effect until 8 PM tonight for the counties affected. We have attached a map.

With the dangerous fire weather conditions in effect, the Michigan DNR is not permitting open debris burning anywhere in much of central and northern lower Michigan. You can find the map here: http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/.

Open debris burning, as defined by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, is the burning of unwanted materials such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass, and other debris that are burned and released directly into the air without passing through a chimney or stack.

With chances for rain in the forecast arriving as early as tonight and continuing into the weekend, burning conditions should improve in the coming days. Keep up to date with the forecast and the Michigan DNR Burn Permit Map in the coming days to ensure that you have safe burning conditions.

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