Farmington Hills joins ban on fireworks, burning

The City of Farmington Hills on Friday joined a number of cities in southeast Michigan that are banning the use of fireworks and outdoor burning, due to extremely dry conditions and elevated fire risk.

The City of Farmington declared a similar ban Thursday.

A city press release noted that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued an “Extreme Fire Danger” alert for all of southeast Michigan, including Farmington Hills. Fire Chief Jon Unruh is “taking MDNR’s alert seriously,” the release noted. “The possibility of a fire being ignited by the use of fireworks or open burns is very high and creates an emergency condition that is dangerous to residents and property in the City. As a result, Chief Unruh and the City are taking steps to help protect residents and their property.”

According to the release, Unruh has the authority to issue the ban under the Michigan Fire Prevention Code. Effective immediately, the use or discharge of consumer fireworks, low-impact fireworks (including sparklers), novelty fireworks, and open burning in all areas of the City of Farmington Hills is prohibited until the impending fire danger has been eliminated and conditions have been determined safe.

For more information, contact the Fire Department, 248-871- 2800.

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