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UNDATED (WKZO) -- A “Fire weather watch” has been declared by the National Weather Service because the unseasonably warm temperatures and low humidity, combined with windy conditions makes the threat of grass fires very real. It’s been issued until 9pm Friday night when the next front moves through.

Kim DuFrayne who is in charge of fighting wild fires for the DNRE in this part of the state says they aren’t issuing any burn permits and are hoping for some rain this weekend.

DuFrayne at the DNRE’s Plainwell office says the mild winter and the dry spring has left fields as dry as a bone, and it doesn’t take much, a cigarette butt, or a child playing with matches to scorch several acres.

He says a grass fire can actually be good for the field but bad if they ignite barns and homes. He says if you don’t have to burn anything outside, please don’t. Be careful how you discard those butts and remember only you can prevent grass fires.

The record high temperatures are contributing to the fire danger, and we are expected to set more records today and tomorrow. The only difference between the weather here and in Florida this spring break is the beach where the water is still way too cold for a dip.

Less than two weeks ago, there was snow on the ground, and Brandon Hoeving at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids it was an el nino winter with average snowfall and warmer than normal temperatures. Will that pattern continue? So far it has with the East Coast once again being pounded by precipitation while we are high and dry. But he says this is still Michigan, and it might snow yet before summer.