BYRON CENTER, Mich. -- It's been a mild, dry winter across West Michigan, with Grand Rapids receiving only half its normal snowfall so far. This is reason to celebrate for some, but not necessarily for local fire departments. Less snow cover could mean an earlier kick-off to the spring brush fire season, according to the D.N.R.
In the long run, however, the D.N.R. and local firefighters say the amount of rain we see this spring along with wind and other weather-related factors are far more important.