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April 3, 2020

Contact: Paul Rogers, 616-260-8406

Don't burn yard debris this weekend; campfires are okay

Camp fire

Permits for open burning of yard debris remain suspended across most of the state in response to the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

Fire danger is also on the increase as temperatures warm up for spring. A number of recent fires have been caused by backyard debris burning, including a 21-acre wildfire in Presque Isle County. Burning debris is the top cause of wildfires in Michigan. DNR firefighters also have stopped conducting prescribed burns at this time.

Despite the moratorium on permits for burning yard debris, campfires for recreation and warming, as well as some agricultural burning, are still allowed. 

“We know everybody wants to get out and get things cleaned up, but we need to make sure our emergency response resources are available when and where they are needed during this time,” said Dan Laux, fire supervisor for the DNR Forest Resources Division. “Less open burning means less potential for escaped fires.”

Some burning still is allowed:

  • Campfires. Small fires for warming or recreational purposes are allowed. Contain fires in a pit or ring, burn only wood and make sure the fire is thoroughly extinguished before leaving it for the night. Review fire-safety tips at Michigan.gov/PreventWildfires. 
  • Some agricultural burning, including the burning of seasonal trimmings from orchards and vineyards as well as burning related to cleanup of existing cropping systems is allowable. Burning debris (logs/brush) from land clearing operations is not permitted at this time.
  • No permit is necessary for a burn barrel fire; however, barrels must have a proper fitting screen or lid, holes no larger than three-quarters of an inch in size, and rest on nonflammable material extending 3 feet on all sides.

Residents are encouraged to check the website Michigan.gov/BurnPermit to see when restrictions are lifted and what is currently allowed. Burn permits in the southern Lower Peninsula are issued by local fire departments and governmental offices; check local ordinances before you burn. In the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, permits are issued through the website.

Get the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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3/30/20 UPDATE: School Breakfast/Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are being provided for students this week, the week of March 30 through April 3. 

Please see the details below for this week and next week's meal pickup.

All Meals for week of March 30 - April 3 – Pickup from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30 at Jr/Sr High “Pool Doors” OR from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Pompeii Methodist church, North Star Community Center, or Sumner Community Center.

All Meals for week of April 6-10 – Pickup from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6 at Jr/Sr High “Pool Doors” OR from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Pompeii Methodist church, North Star Community Center, or Sumner Community Center.

Please contact Mr. Bongard at 989-875-8013 with any questions.


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