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Burn bans issued for much of Mid-Michigan

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Due to a lack of rain and extremely dry conditions, burn bans have been issued for much of Mid-Michigan.

Lapeer County Fire Association announced Thursday a county-wide burn ban is in place until further notice.

Tuscola, Alcona, Ogemaw, Iosco, Roscommon, Sanilac, Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland and Bay counties are also under county-wide burn bans.

To see a map of county burn bans, click here.

As the Fourth of July draws near, some are also concerned about the danger fireworks pose. There’s been confusion about who has the rights to ban the use of personal fireworks.

The Grand Blanc Fire Department issued a burn ban on all open burning, such as bonfires and campfires but they haven't implemented a fireworks ban yet and are still monitoring the situation. 

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) said the Fireworks Safety Act is silent on whether or not locals can institute a ban during dry conditions. 

However, many local jurisdictions do have ordinances where they can issue burn bans and give the fire chief broad authority when dangerous conditions exist.

Corunna City and the Caledonia Township area are also under a burn ban. It includes barrels, recreational fires, campfires, open fires and fireworks of any kind.

Montrose Township Fire Chief George Taylor has asked personal fireworks not be fired off at Barber Park or the nearby cemetery during the community fireworks.

Burton’s Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Wilkinson said the city is under a burn ban and if conditions remain hazardous, state law allows the city to issue a fireworks ban as well.

The Village of Holly also banned the use of any type of fireworks until further notice.

The Michigan State Fire Marshall is evaluating the situation, but a statewide ban on fireworks is not being considered at this time.

Although the state has not issued a ban, Flint Fire Chief Ray Barton is asking residents who do light off fireworks to be extra careful.

"We understand the seriousness of the dry conditions, but at this time the state has not issued a ban to prohibit citizens from lighting fireworks, so we're asking residents who choose to use fireworks to be as safe as possible," Barton said.

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