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Fire officials warn dry, gusty conditions are perfect for grass fires

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CLARE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Dry and gusty conditions are perfect for grass fires, and authorities say one was stopped before it could damage any more homes in Clare County.

It started Monday morning on Lake Street in Harrison.

Investigators said a neighbor was burning in their yard Sunday and didn’t completely put it out. The wind picked up and restarted the flames Monday.

“We got called out through a reported woods fire first and the second call came in as the structure being involved,” said Harrison Fire Chief Chris Damvelt.

Neighbors spotted the flames and called 911 for help.

“You could see the flames and everything up in the air. It looked like a brush fire at first then I saw the smoke over there and I yelled to the firefighters that the deck was on fire,” said neighbor Randi Robbins.

Firefighters quickly moved to save the house. Chief Damvelt wants people to know the conditions when burning.

“It’s dry out here people gotta realize that and when they’re burning debris out in the open they have to call for a burn permit,” Damvelt said.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

The fire chief says no one should be burning anything right now. No burn permits are being issued, and a Fire Weather Alert is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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