The DNR website (Michigan DNR Burn Permits) is updated DAILY by 10:00am. Check for current burn permit information. PER THE DNR - "Burning authorized by this permit is for yard rakings and brush ONLY. It does not relieve the responsible person(s) of liability for all damages resulting from the escape of the fire. You are responsible for understanding Michigan's Open Burning Laws and Rules".


Linda Hartshorne-Shafer, P.E.M.
105 South Canal Street
P.O. Box 800
Lake City, MI 49651
Office:  231.839.7264  Ext 3
Fax:  231.839.7001
Scheduled Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Planning Department Functions
  • Develop/Maintain County Plans
  • Grant Applications
  • Provide Assistance to Cities and Townships for Plan Development
  • Maintain Data Files for: Population, Economic Development, Recreation/Tourism, Housing, Business and Industry, Solid Waste Management, and Planning
  • Advisory to Planning Commission (Staff)
  • Advisory to Park Commission (Staff)
  • Advisory to Solid Waste Commission (Meets as needed) (Staff)   
  • CDBG Housing Committee
  • Member of P.E.N. (Planner's Education Network - Networks Northwest)
  • Member of S.W.A.C. (Solid Waste Advisory Committee - Networks Northwest)
  • Member of the Missaukee County Recycling Committee


Emergency Management Department Functions

Emergency Management works cooperatively with:

  • Area Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Fire Departments
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • American Red Cross
  • National Weather Service
  • Salvation Army
  • Other Emergency Management Programs and NGO's


  • Development and maintenance of Emergency Action Guidelines for Missaukee County
  • Coordination of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for emergency or disaster situations within Missaukee County
  • Provide assistance to townships and cities for plan development
  • Liaison for County Board Chairperson during emergencies 
  • Disaster grant applications
  • Coordination of county emergency management activities with those of the State and adjacent jurisdictions
  • Education of the public on actions necessary for the protection of life and property in an emergency or disaster
  • Member of the Missaukee County Local Planning Team / Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Member and Secretary of the Region 7 Homeland Security Planning Board
  • Member of the Region 7 Homeland Security Planning Board Training and Exercise Subcommittee
  • Member of 211 Committee for Missaukee and Wexford Counties
  • Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador


Emergency Alert System stations for the northwestern lower peninsula:  WTCM 103.5 / 93.5 FM / 580 AM - in the event of a major emergency, important information will be broadcast on these stations.

Fire Departments - Each of the six Missaukee County Fire Departments are staffed and managed by volunteer firefighters dedicated to their communities; fire response coverage is provided on a contract basis for townships and cities.

LINKS (Missaukee Emergency Management provides helpful and informative links but does not endorse specific retailers whose links may appear in this list)