Officials with the Huron-Manistee National Forest expect heightened fire danger in northern Michigan through Friday. This weekend alone the Forest Service responded to 11 fires, including one in Alcona that burned 470 acres.
“This year has been a much more dangerous fire season,” says Ken Arbogast, public affairs officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
The region saw lower snowfall this winter and the spring hasn’t brought much rain.
“Some areas may have experienced rain yesterday,” he says. “But it wasn’t enough to really saturate the groundcover.”