Hot, dry weather pushes fire danger into ‘extreme’

Hot, dry weather pushes fire danger into ‘extreme’


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June 17, 2021

Contact: Paul Rogers (Lower Peninsula), 616-260-8406 or John Pepin (Upper Peninsula), 906-250-7260

Hot, dry weather pushes fire danger into ‘extreme’ territory for parts of Michigan

An aerial scene from the Colfax Fire in Wexford County showing a column of smoke and burned earth surrounded by roads and grass.Michigan’s warm, dry, weather has created a lot of beautiful days for outdoor activity – and a steeply increased risk of fire. That means taking extra care when camping, burning, or using equipment outdoors.

“Although there have been scattered rains, rainfall is below normal and it’s dry out there,” said Paul Rogers, fire prevention specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “People cause the vast majority of wildfires, so it’s critical to use common sense and be careful.”

Fire danger is elevated from the southwest corner of the state into the Upper Peninsula. The National Weather Service is issuing red flag warnings for spots around the state where very warm temperatures, low humidity and stronger winds are expected, including the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

Burn permits for yard debris will not be issued in many areas through the weekend; check in northern Michigan or contact local municipal or fire authorities in the southern Lower Peninsula.

Be careful working, playing outside

Remember to take precautions with these activities:

  • Do not throw cigarettes or matches out the window of a moving vehicle. They can ignite grass on the side of the road.
  • Watch for dragging chains if you are pulling a trailer; they can create sparks.
  • Always make sure your campfire is out before you leave the area. Drown it with water, stir it and carefully feel to make sure it is no longer emitting heat. Always keep a water source and a shovel nearby whenever the fire is burning. Keep campfires within a ring 3 feet or less in diameter.
  • Do not shoot fireworks into the woods or into dry grass or shrubs. Spray the entire area where you are using fireworks with water before using them and again when you are done. Put used sparklers into a bucket of water, as wires can stay hot.
  • When using ORVs or outdoor equipment, keep hot equipment away from dry grass or brush. Ride ORVs only on trails to avoid starting a grass fire.

DNR firefighters have responded so far this fire season to more than 227 fires blackening more than 2,200 acres. Find fire prevention tips, a map of fire danger, and a link to check for burn permits at

DNR COVID-19 RESPONSE: For details on affected DNR facilities and services, visit this webpage. Follow state actions and guidelines at
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to
Michigan as Top State for New Manufacturing Jobs

Michigan as Top State for New Manufacturing Jobs

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June 11, 2021



Governor Whitmer Announces Award Recognizing Michigan as Top State for New Manufacturing Jobs and Investment

Michigan receives 2021 Manufacturing Gold Shovel Award on strength of 2,619 new jobs and $441.8 million in private investment

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced Michigan has been awarded an Area Development 2021 Manufacturing Gold Shovel award, affirming the momentum and strength of job creation around new and expanded manufacturing facilities in the state.


“As we put Michigan back to work, this Manufacturing Golden Shovel Award is a recognition of our ongoing efforts to make generational investments in Michigan’s manufacturing might as part of our state’s economic jumpstart,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “As we emerge from the pandemic together, we will stay laser-focused on creating good-paying, high-skill jobs here in Michigan and investing in working families and small businesses.”


Area Development’s Annual Gold & Silver Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes, and promotions that attract new employers and investments in new and expanded facilities. The awards are presented annually to states that have achieved significant success in terms of job creation and economic impact.


In announcing the award, Area Development noted, “another Manufacturing Gold Shovel winner was Michigan, with a host of headlines related to its automotive sector, including opportunities linked to the growth of interest in electric vehicles.”


The Michigan Economic Development Corporation submitted the top-10 job creation and investment projects initiated in 2020 for consideration in the 8-12 million population category – including Bridgewater Interiors (Detroit/Delta Township), Dakota Integrated Systems and Detroit Manufacturing Systems (Detroit), Magna International (Highland Park) and The Paslin Company (Warren). Combined, the 10 projects accounted for 2,619 new good paying jobs for Michiganders and $441.8 million in private investment, further cementing the state as a national leader in manufacturing and automotive R&D. The list also includes two major headquarter announcements– Perrigo Co. (Grand Rapids) and Wacker Chemical Corp. (Pittsfield Charter Township) – highlighting the state’s growing opportunities in professional and corporate services.


The strength of these projects earned Michigan the 2021 Manufacturing Golden Shovel in its category.


“In a year marked by disruption and uncertainty – with small business relief a top priority – we continued to stay focused on job creation and economic growth as well and we are proud these efforts have been recognized with Area Development’s Manufacturing Golden Shovel Award,” said Josh Hundt, Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President at the MEDC. “Michigan has positioned itself to be the state where manufacturing and technology converge and where businesses can find the skilled workforce that will ensure we can not only compete, but win, in today’s global economy.”


Read more about Michigan’s Manufacturing Golden Shovel Award here.


Earlier this week, Governor Whitmer attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for XL Fleet’s new Fleet Electrification Technology Center in Wixom, which will create nearly 50 jobs and further fuel the state’s leadership in mobility and electrification solutions. Combined with today’s Golden Shovel announcement centered largely around automotive manufacturing projects Michigan’s economic recovery is well underway.


As part of the state’s efforts to continue to attract and grow new businesses investment in the state, Governor Whitmer, the MEDC and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification also participated this week in a number of virtual events for the 8th annual SelectUSA Investment Summit. The summit is the highest profile event promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States and this year welcomed 3,000 participants, including business investors from more than 60 markets.


Governor Whitmer was joined by Steve Milam, North America Corporate Senior Director of DENSO International America, Inc., for a fireside chat to discuss the competitive advantages Michigan offers global businesses. She also participated in a governor’s roundtable moderated by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo focused on FDI and identifying specific actions the Department of Commerce and the Biden Administration can take to support efforts of economic development organizations around the country to bring more foreign investment to states like Michigan.


Michigan is ranked 6th in the nation for total jobs created by foreign direct investment and was ranked the top state for FDI job growth by over the past five years by Global Business Alliance. Detroit was also ranked the no. 1 metropolitan area for FDI projects by Site Selection Magazine this year.


About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

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Gilchrist Tours Beaumont Vaccination Clinic

Gilchrist Tours Beaumont Vaccination Clinic



May 17, 2021



PHOTOS: Lt. Governor Gilchrist Tours Beaumont Vaccination Clinic


LANSING, Mich. — Today, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist traveled to the Beaumont Health vaccination site in Southfield to observe the health system’s ongoing efficient and equitable COVID-19 vaccination efforts. He was joined by Beaumont Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson.


“Our administration has been working around the clock to expand our vaccine program in an efficient and equitable manner so that every Michigander has access to safe and effective vaccines,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “Vaccination efforts like the ones at Beaumont Health are crucial to beating COVID-19, and clinics across the state are making it easier to get a vaccine by offering walk-in hours, call-in lines and same-day appointments. The best thing all of us can do to protect ourselves, our families, and neighbors is to get vaccinated, so we can grow the economy, create jobs, and do the things we love together.”


 To date, 55.7% of Michiganders 16 or older have received an initial dose, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. As part of these efforts, Michigan is partnering with organizations like Beaumont Health to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.


“We enjoyed hosting Lt. Governor Gilchrist at our vaccine clinic today. We are so proud we have administered more than 345,000 doses of the vaccine and we are eager to do even more. Getting as many people vaccinated as possible is the key to ending this pandemic,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Wilson.





Girls Lacrosse Regional Preview

Girls Lacrosse Regional Preview

Inside the OAA

Covering all 23 OAA teams with insight and thoughts on each school from Northern Oakland County, Southern Oakland County, and one from Wayne County.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Girls Lacrosse Regional Preview.

Written Thursday May 13th at 10:00 AM

Here are my previews and insight for the regionals for Girls Lacrosse.

Region 3 @ Troy

Grosse Pointe South vs. BIRMINGHAM

BLOOMFIELD HILLS vs. Grosse Pointe North

Detroit Cass Tech vs. WEST BLOOMFIELD

Utica Eisenhower vs. ROCHESTER

Grosse Pointe South/BIRMINGHAM vs. Chippewa Valley


Detroit Cass Tech/WEST BLOOMFIELD vs. Utica Ford

Utica Eisenhower/ROCHESTER vs. Troy

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is a very interesting regional. There are two state powers really stand out in Birmingham United and Bloomfield Hills. There really isn’t any true darkhorses. I expect that these two teams will meet again in the regional finals. The Bulldogs have done very well against the Blackhawks so I really don’t see anything different right now. PICK: BIRMINGHAM.


Region 4 @ Fenton

Waterford vs. Walled Lake


Davison vs. Grand Blanc

Midland vs. Hartland

Waterford/Walled Lake vs. Huron Valley

OXFORD/LAKE ORION vs. Holly/Brandon

Davison/Grand Blanc vs. Fenton

Midland/Hartland vs. CLARKSTON

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting regional final pending if both teams get there between Lake Orion and Hartland. The Dragons have had a very good season winning the White and went up to eighth in the State. The Eagles have been very consistent all season long. It would be interesting as mentioned if both teams get there but too much experience with Hartland so have to go with the Eagles moving on. PICK: HARTLAND.


Region 6 @ Ann Arbor Skyline

Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard vs. Temperance Bedford

Lake Fenton vs. Ann Arbor Skyline

FARMINGTON vs. Tecumseh

Walled Lake Northern vs. Farmington Hills Mercy

Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard/Temperance Bedford vs. Dearborn Divine Child

Lake Fenton/Ann Arbor Skyline vs. Wixom St. Catherine Siena


Walled Lake Northern/Farmington Hills Mercy vs. Dexter

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting regional over in Ann Arbor. There are two teams that really stand out in Dearborn Divine Child and Farmington. Both teams have had very good seasons and are currently ranked in the State. I think Dearborn Divine Child has a slight edge but the Falcons are right there. I don’t like to pick the favorite all the time so here is my first upset pick give me Farmington. PICK: FARMINGTON.


Region 7 @ Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Warren Regina vs. Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Bloomfield Hills Academy of Sacred Heart vs. ADAMS

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood vs. AVONDALE

Warren Regina/Birmingham Detroit Country Day vs. Birmingham Marian


Bloomfield Hills Academy of Sacred Heart/ADAMS vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood/AVONDALE vs. Grosse Pointe University Liggett

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: There are some pretty good teams in this regional. You have three proven teams in Birmingham Detroit Country Day, Grosse Pointe University Liggett, and Birmingham Marian. The Yellow Jackets and Mustangs could meet in the quarterfinals which would be very interesting. I think Grosse Pointe University Liggett will move on to the next round. PICK: GROSSE POINTE UNIVERSITY LIGGETT.

Boys Lacrosse Regional Preview

Boys Lacrosse Regional Preview

Inside the OAA

Covering all 23 OAA teams with insight and thoughts on each school from Northern Oakland County, Southern Oakland County, and one from Wayne County.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Boys Lacrosse Regional Preview.

Written Thursday May 13th at 10:05 AM

Here are is my insight and picks for the regionals for boys lacrosse.

Region 4 @ Lakeland

  1. Northville vs. 8. WEST BLOOMFIELD
  2. White Lake vs. 5. Livonia Stevenson
  3. Walled Lake vs. 7. FARMINGTON
  4. South Lyon vs. 6. Novi

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be a very interesting regional at Lakeland. White Lake could clash with Northville in the regional semifinals pending if they get by Livonia Stevenson. Walled Lake will not have an easy time with Farmington while South Lyon and Novi will be an interesting matchup as well. I think the Mustangs look vulnerable but they should find a way to move on. PICK: NORTHVILLE.

Region 5 @ Troy Athens

  1. LAKE ORION vs. 8. Waterford
  3. ADAMS vs. 7. TROY

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting regional at Troy Athens. Imagine the host school taking on Lake Orion on their home field in the regional semifinals, which could happen. Adams has been rolling as well. I’m seeing this being a Dragons vs Highlanders regional final with Lake Orion moving on. PICK: LAKE ORION.

Region 6 @ Seaholm

  1. Birmingham Brother Rice vs. 8. Sterling Heights Stevenson
  2. Detroit Cass Tech vs. 5. Chippewa Valley
  3. BIRMINGHAM vs. 7. Warren United
  4. Detroit University of Detroit-Jesuit vs. 6. Utica Ford II

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be a very interesting regional final should both teams get there at Seaholm. Birmingham United and Birmingham Brother Rice are on a collision course. The Warriors have a great path to the regional finals. The Bulldogs have to beware of Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit in the regional semifinals. I think this will be a Birmingham Brother Rice/Birmingham United regional final but it will be the Warriors that moves on. PICK: BIRMINGHAM BROTHER RICE.

Region 8 @ Oxford

  1. Holly/Brandon vs. 9. Lapeer
  2. Holly/Brandon/9. Lapeer vs. 1. CLARKSTON
  3. OXFORD vs. 5. Saginaw Heritage
  4. Midland vs. 7. Davison
  5. Grand Blanc vs. 6. Linden

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting regional at Oxford. Clarkston has a nice path to the district finals while Midland and Grand Blanc should be very interesting. I think the Bobcats will pull off the shocker over Midland and meet the Wolves in the regional final. End of the day though too much Clarkston. PICK: CLARKSTON.


Region 14 @ North Farmington

  1. NORTH FARMINGTON vs. 5. Walled Lake Western
  2. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep vs. 6. ROYAL OAK
  3. NORTH FARMINGTON/5. Walled Lake Western vs. 1. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood
  4. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep/6. ROYAL OAK vs. 2. Royal Oak Shrine

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This looks to be a very interesting regional at North Farmington with the three top seeds in this regional was ranked at some time during the season. The favorite should be Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. The Cranes have had a good season but they should expect a challenge from Royal Oak Shrine in the regional final pending if they can get by Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. At the end of the day I think Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood will be too much. PICK: BLOOMFIELD HILLS CRANBROOK-KINGSWOOD.

Girls Lacrosse Regional Preview

Girls Tennis Regional Projections

Inside the OAA

Covering all 23 OAA teams with insight and thoughts on each school from Northern Oakland County, Southern Oakland County, and one from Wayne County.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Girls Tennis Regional Projections.

Written Thursday May 13th at 10:10 AM

Here is my projections of the girls tennis regionals.

Top Four Teams Go To States, Bold: Projected Team Regional Champions.

Region 4 @ Livonia Churchill





Dearborn Edsel Ford

Farmington Hills Mercy

Wayne Memorial

Livonia Churchill

Livonia Stevenson

TEAMS I SEE ADVANCING TO THE FINALS: SEAHOLM, Dearborn, Farmington Hills Mercy, and Livonia Churchill.


Region 5 @ Grosse Pointe South




Dearborn Fordson

Detroit Cass Tech


Grosse Pointe South

Warren Mott

Sterling Heights

Sterling Heights Stevenson

TEAMS I SEE ADVANCING TO THE FINALS: TROY, Grosse Pointe South, TROY ATHENS, and Dearborn Fordson.


Region 6 @ Utica Eisenhower


Chippewa Valley

Macomb Dakota

Macomb L’Anse Creuse North

Anchor Bay

Port Huron Northern



Utica Eisenhower

Utica Ford II

TEAMS I SEE ADVANCING TO THE FINALS: Utica Eisenhower, Port Huron Northern, STONEY CREEK, Anchor Bay.


Region 7 @ Clarkston









Walled Lake Central

Walled Lake Northern



Region 12 @ North Farmington





Detroit Renaissance

Dearborn Heights Crestwood

Redford Thurston

Livonia Franklin

Birmingham Marian



Region 13 @ Grosse Pointe North


Detroit Mumford

Grosse Pointe North


Macomb L’Anse Creuse

Port Huron

St. Clair Shores Lakeview

Warren Woods Tower

Warren Cousino

TEAMS I SEE ADVANCING TO THE FINALS: Grosse Pointe North, St. Clair Shores Lakeview, Warren Woods Tower, Macomb L’Anse Creuse.