As some folks continue to extend their Independence Day holiday celebrations into this weekend, the Michigan DNR is warning that conditions will be ripe for wildfires in parts of the state. Fire weather danger is expected to be particularly high Saturday and Sunday, with increased wind speeds and low humidity in the forecast.

If you're heading up north for the weekend, keep in mind that the The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Warning through Friday in the northern Lower Peninsula. There is a good chance the warning may continue throughout the weekend too as dry conditions are expected to build. Warnings are issued when wind speeds, temperatures, humidity levels and fuel conditions combine to make ideal wildfire conditions.

“It doesn’t take much to start a wildfire. Hot embers buried in ashes can flame up days after a campfire has been put ‘out.’ Even small fireworks like sparklers are hot enough to spark a fire if they’re not disposed of properly.” - DNR fire prevention specialist Paul Rogers.

No rain is predicted for the area until late next week. Burn permits in some areas are restricted until conditions allow for safe burning.

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