I know now why Mike Reynolds and Dave Norris love the Manistee National Forest so much. Dave told me that the word Manistee means “Spirit of the Woods” so I hope that this Montana / Michigan connection never occurs in the Manistee National Forest.
That is why it is IMPERATIVE that you observe all safety rules when building a fire within that forest or any forest for that matter. Smokey the Bear is right. “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” The picture above is downright scary especially so for those helpless animals that seem destined to die in that fire.
Keep this image in mind as you prepare for the coming summer camping season.