Brush fire destroys everything in its path in Isabella County - WNEM TV 5

Brush fire destroys everything in its path in Isabella County

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ISABELLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Dry conditions have led to a red flag warning across the state.

When the weather is this dry, small sparks can become huge blazes causing serious damage.

A brush fire in Isabella County left a forest burnt on Monday.

The area is home to several homes and although none of the homes were damages, the fire left its mark.

“Yeah, it’s sad. A lot of trees are gone,” said Diane McArthur, Weidman resident.

McArthur was at work when the fire happened, but returned home to a haunting sight.

The fire destroyed everything in its path, including a shed.

“We got the fire under control about 3 p.m. and it ended up being 24 and a half acres,” said Jeff Basher, DNR fire specialist for the lower peninsula.

Basher said these weather conditions are almost perfect for brush fires.

“Yesterday we recorded humidity in our area at 12 percent, which is really low. The winds were probably 10 miles per house yesterday and the temperature was 75 degrees,” Basher said.

Those factors mixed in with dry grass led the state to issue a red flag warning for fire danger across most of Mid-Michigan. It’s also why the DNR is asking people to avoid using any flammable materials outdoors.

“Until we get rain and a substantial amount of rain, we just ask you not to burn and the best way to find out is to go on the burn permit site,” Basher said.

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