9-Month-Old Underground Fire Extinguished in Michigan

Posted at: 10/01/2013 11:01 AM

WATSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - 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, told MLive.com that 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.

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