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Brush fire danger high in West Michigan

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Firefighters are warning that the danger of brush fires is high in West Michigan.

During the last week we've heard more than a dozen reports of brush fires in our area.

Many areas are in a high risk category right now, which is why firefighters are sending out a warning.

This is the aftermath of what firefighters tell us was brush fire in Paw Paw Wednesday and pictures show what it looked like as those flames spread across the area on County Road 653.

Firefighters tell us it spread quickly.

A fire danger map from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shows the high risk right now.

From Muskegon County through Van Buren County at least 15 areas considered a "high" danger for fires.

Firefighters tell us many things can affect how quickly a fire gets out of control, including how far off the road it is and wind conditions.

"It will drive a fire quicker, faster, fuels it, so it can be a problem," said Asst. Chief Jim Wiley of the Oshtemo Township Fire Dept.

"Be careful burning. You might think it's okay, but it's dry out here," said Paw Paw Fire Chief Jim Degroff.

Firefighters say make sure you have a burn permit. If you get one that means conditions are okay.

Also have plenty of water around, and always keep an eye on your fire.