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Wildfire danger high, caution urged

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN –The fire danger is very high as officials in Michigan and Wisconsin warn that weather conditions will make it worse.

“Much of the state is very dry and fire danger will grow as temperatures rise over the weekend,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire specialist Jeff Vasher.

Burn permits are suspended in Dickinson, Iron and Menominee counties and the earliest chance of precipitation is Monday.

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid all outdoor burning, including limiting the use of campfires and making sure to extinguish and dispose of cigarettes properly. Outdoor enthusiasts should also use caution with off-road vehicles or equipment that can create a spark and start a fire.

Never leave a fire unattended, even a campfire, and keep a water source and shovel nearby in case of emergency, Vasher said.

For burn permit updates in Michigan, go to www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits, or call 1-866-922-2876.

Wisconsin residents can check the DNR’s website or call 1-888-947-2876.

Local fishing action has slowed, though the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported northern Upper Peninsula rivers had fair steelhead action, along with very good action for coho salmon and brown trout at the river mouths.

The DNR also reported this activity:

Keweenaw Bay: Shore anglers have caught some coho, brown trout, splake and steelhead. All of the rivers in the area are open. Fish are slowly moving in, but it is still early.

Marquette: Is ice free and the docks are in. Those trolling have done well taking a combination of coho, brown trout, steelhead and the occasional Chinook. Shore anglers fishing the Carp, Chocolay and Garlic Rivers have caught a couple steelhead and brown trout when floating a single egg or crawlers.

Little Bay De Noc: Is open south of Gladstone although there are some pockets of ice along the shoreline in some areas. No skid piers are in yet. The northern part of the bay north of Gladstone and Kipling still had ice though it is melting rapidly. There have been a few boats going out although strong winds are keeping most anglers off the water.

Munising: The ice is out from Christmas to the Grand Island Access. The ice is gone in Munising Bay and the dock is in. The ice is 90% gone off Sand Point. Shove ice has blown in by the Anna River and the small access site is difficult at this time due to a large sand bar at the mouth.

Cedarville and Hessel: Boat anglers should be heading out soon.

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