Firefighters put out 6-acre swamp fire

Smoke billowed from one of Ottawa County’s parks Tuesday evening, but it wasn’t from a scheduled burn.
Becky Vargo
May 8, 2014

Officials said two juvenile boys discovered in the area admitted to having a part in starting the fire, which was discovered just before 7 p.m. by a man walking his dog.

About 6 acres of swamp burned at Connor Bayou County Park as firefighters from two departments worked around swirling wind and ponds of water to protect park structures from the blaze.

Robinson Township Fire Chief Paul VanVelzen said the fire was contained to the marsh area east of the parking lot, in between the trails. He said they used water cans and the department’s ATV to battle the blaze. Grand Haven Township Fire and Rescue assisted.

“We stretched water lines off the other trucks,” VanVelzen said.

A fire truck also responded to a home to the east of the park, where the fire was encroaching.

Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Director John Scholtz said there was no damage to any structures in the park.

“Obviously, we don’t like the idea of people setting fires in the parks,” he added. “It’s worrisome.”

Firefighters were on the scene for more than two hours.


Avagrace Peters

These kids don't realize that they could've majorly hurt someone!!!!!!!!!! That park just opened about a year ago what other things can people do to destroy that natural habitat/park.

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