Multiple fire departments on scene of massive wood chip fire.

March 10, 2021

Multiple fire departments on scene of massive wood chip fire.

SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP — Multiple fire departments are currently on scene of a massive wood chip fire at the corner of Decker and Morse roads. Farmer Jake Zwagerman said the chips were created after clearing farm fields. He said the wood chips caught on fire through spontaneous combustion last week when snow was still on the ground. He said it had been under control throughout the day today until the wind speeds increased this evening. The area is currently under a wind advisory. Gusts out of the south-southwest have been near 45 mph this evening causing the fire to spread. The wind gusts also caused the fire to jump Decker Road, starting small fires.

Branch Fire Department, Fountain Area Fire Department and Custer Fire Department were initially dispatched at 9:35 p.m. Later full responses from Scottville Fire Department, Free Soil/Meade Fire Department, Riverton Fire Department, and Carr Area Fire Department were also requested. Also on scene is Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Life EMS, and Fountain Fire Department Auxiliary.


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