Dry, windy spring weather has put much of the Lower Peninsula at high risk for wildfires this week, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Areas of concern include southeast Michigan to the top of the Thumb. Fortunately yesterday’s rainy conditions are expected to help ease concerns. The DNR is warning residents in more than 15 counties to take extra precautions to prevent accidental fires. Wait to burn yard debris,use all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers or other outdoor machinery until later in the evening. In very dry conditions, heat from even a lawnmower or the exhaust pipe of an ATV can ignite dry grass. To find out if it’s safe to burn, get a free burn permit online at Michigan dot gov slash Burn Permit or contact your local municipality.