DNR announces change to burn permit call system ~ The Department of Natural Resources today announced that starting Friday, Dec. 7, residents in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula who call the DNR’s toll-free number to check if burn permits are being issued will be connected with a new, automated, interactive voice-recognition system. “The new system will speed up the permit process, yet continue to provide users the guidance needed to complete their burns safely,” said O’Neill, who also serves as state forester. “The savings from this switch allow us to channel much-needed funding into programs that are necessary to keep our forests healthy, viable and attractive to residents and visitors alike. We’d like to thank those who loyally
use our online and telephone burn permit systems to ensure they are conducting safe burns. Residents are required to check if the DNR is issuing burn permits before conducting any open burning – recreational campfires and fires used for cooking are the exceptions to this rule. The DNR encourages residents with Internet access to visit www.michigan.gov/burnpermit to get their burn permits online. Residents can use the interactive map to find the burn conditions in their area. If a “yes” is shown in the “burning permits issued” column, burning is allowed for that day. There is no need to print anything; this serves as a burn permit. For those who prefer to get their burn permits by phone, the DNR’s toll-free burn permit number is 866-922-2876. For more information on wildfire prevention, burn permits and fire preparedness, visit www.michigan.gov/preventwildfires.