Large fire at mulching facility in St. Joseph County, Michigan finally extinguished


There was good news out of St. Joseph County, Michigan, Monday morning when the large mulch fire that’s been burning near Mottville for seven days was finally extinguished.

Over the weekend, all remaining fire crews were pulled from the scene. The fire managed to scorch roughly 12 acres and make neighbors nervous.

The smell of the smoke was noticeable as far north as Kalamazoo.

The fire, at Green Stream Recycling, in the 69000 block of M-103 in Mottville Township, had been burning since about 4 p.m. on Monday, June 26.

The fire damaged several buildings and consumed piles of mulch and wood debris.

In all, more than 20 acres of land has been charred, which is more than half of the size of the business property. Fire crews said the blaze is considered “contained”, even though it continued to burn through the overnight.

Fire crews from around 20 different departments in southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana are at the scene trying to knock the flames out, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.

95.3 MNC’s Jon Zimney contributed to this story.


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