Dexter, Scio Fire Departments Issue Open Burn Ban Due to Extreme Heat

The National Weather Service expects temperatures to remain in the high 90s through the weekend, which can lead to grass and wildfires.

The and Scio Township Fire Department have issued a ban on outdoor burning due to and dry weather that has affected most of Southeast Michigan since Thursday.

"Due to the dry heat and high temperatures expected over the next several days, we won't be issuing any burn permits until it rains," Lt. Michael Grissom of the DAFD said.

Firefighter Jordan Burns said open burn bans do not include outdoor grills and other devices that can properly contain a fire.

"We know a lot of people will be grilling for the Fourth of July weekend," he said. "You still need to call the fire department to find out what we're allowing."

Open burning typically involves burning dry leaves, flowers and other trash outdoors, which can lead to grass fires.

"We haven't had a lot of calls for grass fires in Scio Township, but overall, the number of calls has been on the rise this year across the county," Burns said. "It's just one of those things that can creep up on you."

The Northfield Township Fire Department and Ann Arbor Township Fire Department, as well as Pittsfield Township, Milan and Saline have also issued open burn bans. Any kind of open burning is illegal in the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.


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