Rainy weather left behind fewer forest fires

Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan has had an unusually small number of wildfires this year. Credit an unusually large amount of rain. The largest one that the Department of Natural Resources responded to was about 150 acres near the Indiana border. Scott Heather, the assistant chief of DNR’s Forest Resources Division, said the past season “with all the rain” resulted in the fewest wildfires he’d seen in his 37-year career. “Typically in a more normal fire season, our agency will suppress at least one that’s 1,000 acres or more,” Heather said.