More than a dozen acres charred in SW MI mulch fire

Green Stream
A still image taken from courtesy video shows the fire at a mulch manufacturing facility in St. Joseph County. (June 26, 2017/WNDU)

MOTTVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD/AP) –Officials say a fire at a mulch manufacturing facility in southwestern Michigan has been contained and could take a week to burn itself out.

More than a dozen fire departments from Michigan and Indiana were called to a massive blaze that destroyed a mulch manufacturing facility near the state line. A former employee identified the facility at M-103 in Mottville Township, near White Pigeon, as Green Stream.

The fire started Monday afternoon. White Pigeon Township Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Royce said Tuesday about 15 acres burned at the roughly 35-acre property. He said there “won’t be much threat.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation shut down M-103 in both directions between Barker Road and US-12 for about 14 hours because of the fire. The state highway reopened at US-12 just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. M-103 was shut down again between State Line Road and US-12 on Tuesday afternoon and reopened Tuesday night.

Fire officials say the wind and piles of recyclable material have made the fire difficult to fight. However, a fire official told NBC affiliate WNDU no one was injured and no homes were damaged.

Authorities have not released details on a cause.

WNDU reports officials with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources are expected to visit the scene Tuesday.