DNR Crews Extinguish 9-Month-Old Underground Fire

DNR Crews Extinguish 9-Month-Old Underground Fire

Crews from the Michigan's Department of Natural Resources have extinguished an underground fire that smoldered for nine months in western Michigan.

Dana Pelton, acting DNR fire supervisor, said an employee sent her a text message last week after seeing a news report about neighbors frustrated by the fire.

Pelton says officials on Friday came up with a plan for battling the 1.1-acre fire and flooded the affected farm field. The fire was out on Saturday.

WOOD TV reported last week that the fire was in peat moss in Allegan County's Watson Township, about 25 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. People living near the swampy field said the smoke was making them sick.

Local fire crews had earlier tried and failed to extinguish the blaze.

DNR fire fighters are pictured working on the fire.


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