2014-04-10 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

Spring thaw brings ice warning from marshal

LANSING – With spring officially here and temperatures warming up around or above 32 degrees, dangerous ice conditions prevail across the state. State Fire Marshal Richard Miller today urges Michiganders to stay off the ice.

“Thawing ice conditions on Michigan’s lakes, rivers and ponds are dangerous and unpredictable this time of year,” said Miller. “Don’t take risks by going out onto any ice-covered waters that can lead to tragedy.”

Miller said emergency personnel respond to numerous calls about adults, children and pets falling through the ice or stranded on floating ice cakes. People will also increase their risk by using makeshift bridges to cross a crack in the ice to go further out onto a lake or river.

“Especially keep the kids and pets off the ice, and never try to do rescues yourself. About 85 percent of ice emergency 9-1-1 calls are triggered by people trying to save a pet who fell through the ice,” he said.

According to Miller, you simply can’t guess about ice thickness and safety.

Stay off ice that is slushy, has water on it or is snow covered which can hide weak spots and cracks. Ice that has thawed and refrozen is weaker and appears milky.

Ice is thinner and more dangerous over flowing water and strong currents; over submerged objects such as rocks or tree limbs; and areas around bridges, pressure ridges and ice heaves.

EUP advisory council plans meet in Newberry

NEWBERRY – The Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Comfort Inn in Newberry, located at 13954 State Hwy. M-28. The meeting will take place in the motel’s conference room.

Agenda items will include:

• DNR division reports by staff

• New hunting, fishing, ORV license structure update

• Overview of future DNR staffing priorities in Upper Peninsula

• U.P. Deer Advisory Team update

• Chronic wasting disease discussion

• Graymont land transaction proposal status

• Public comment (for public comment instructions, see www.michigan.gov/upcac)

CAC meeting are open to the public.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future CAC member should fill out the nomination form found on the DNR website at www.michigan. gov/upcac. For more information, contact (906) 228-6561.

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