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Sumpter Township, MI Police Department
Tuesday June 6th, 2023 :: 08:15 a.m. EDT


Wildfire Risk is Extremely High - Refrain From All Burning

Due to the ongoing drought conditions, reported as the worst in more than 20 years, Southeast Michigan continues to be very dry. That's why we ask that you postpone any open burning in the township until we receive considerable rainfall and ground conditions improve. The current wildfire risk across our area is rated as VERY HIGH to EXTREME. Here is what that designation means:

Fire Danger Level: VERY HIGH

When the fire danger is "Very High," fires will start quickly from most causes. The fires will spread rapidly and quickly increase in intensity right after ignition. Small fires can quickly become large and exhibit extreme fire intensity, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirls. These fires can be challenging to control and will often become much more significant and longer-lasting.

Fire Danger Level: EXTREME

When the fire danger is "Extreme," fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious and can spread very quickly with intense burning. Small fires become big fires much faster than at the "Very High" level. Spot fires are probable, with long-distance spotting likely. These fires are challenging to fight and may become very dangerous.

Please don't risk your or your neighbor's property or the safety of your firefighters. 


Do not open burn until we receive considerable rainfall and ground conditions improve.

Sumpter Township, MI Police Department
23501 Sumpter Rd
Belleville, MI 48111

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 734-461-6898

Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Expected - Responsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour)
Possible (p <= ~50%)
Fire suppression and rescue

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