A massive wildfire in Michigan was started by pyrotechnics used in a military training exercise. According to channel 9 news, “The fire tore through parts of Camp Grayling in Crawford County around 2:00 yesterday afternoon and burned an area North of Kyle Lake Road.
New information now suggests that a Marine infantry battalion training on site employed pyrotechnics and signal flares and inadvertently started the fire.”
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, “Approximately 600 wildfires are reported in Michigan each year…. A growing nationwide concern for fires in areas where cities and wildlands meet is of similar concern in Michigan. Every year buildings are lost due to wildfire."
Most Michigan wildfires occur from April to June. An article in the Detroit Free Press reported, “National Weather Service says the fires come after Grand Rapids hasn't had measurable rain or snow since March 3, the area's longest dry stretch since 2002. Meteorologist Evan Webb says 'We're still pre-green up, so … vegetation is dead and burns quite readily.'"
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