Multiple wildfires reported in Forsyth Township

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The Forsyth Township Fire Department – and personnel from several other neighboring fire departments – is on the scene of multiple wildland fires in the area of Martin Lake Road and Marshall Drive.

Police are asking that people avoid this area as emergency vehicles are coming in to try to contain these fires.  Additionally, smoke in the area could reduce visibility.

The Forsyth Township Police Department is currently looking for a silver Sedan car with two males that was seen leaving the area of Martin Lake Road and Marshall Drive.

Call police at 906-346-9224 or Central Dispatch 906-475-9912 if you have any information about this car.

Fire danger continues to be an issue across Upper Michigan. Forsyth Police and the DNR have responded to approximately 8 fires in the area in the last two to three weeks.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources continues to warn about the potential danger of fire in the region.

At www.michigan.gov/burnpermit, the entire Upper Peninsula – as well as the northern part of lower Michigan – is displayed BROWN which indicates open debris burning is not permitted anywhere within those counties.

Check with your local city, township or village officials before lighting your fire. If no local ordinances are in effect, state law: 

  • Allows burning grass and leaves in municipalities with populations less than 7,500 unless prohibited by local ordinance.
  • Prohibits burning any yard debris within 1,400 feet of an incorporated city or village limit under DEQ air quality rules.

For more on outdoor burning regulations in Michigan, click here: 

www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-aqd-open-burning-brochure_273553_7.pdf

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