MUNISING - U.S. Forest Service officials issued fire restrictions Tuesday for the Hiawatha National Forest that are designed to support Gov. Rick Snyder's fire ban proclamation on those federal forest lands.
Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor Jo Reyer issued Forest Supervisor's Orders, which were effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
The Hiawatha restrictions include prohibitions on building a campfire of any kind, except within containers at authorized campgrounds or places of habitation; smoking a pipe, cigarette or cigar, except at places of habitation, authorized improved campgrounds or in any automobile or truck; burning, or causing to be burned, any flammable material unless you have obtained a written permit through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The restrictions also prohibit building, maintaining or using a fire, including charcoal-fueled cookers, anywhere on Grand Island.
Forest officials said that despite recent rains, the Hiawatha National Forest is still experiencing drought conditions. While soil and vegetation may appear wet on the surface, this appearance is misleading since wind and sun can quickly eliminate that moisture, officials said in a press release.
To obtain state burn permits when they become available, or for more information about them or fire related topics, visit the DNR's website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
For more information on the federal Hiawatha Forest fire restrictions, contact the Hiawatha National Forest at 428-5800.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.