A Republic Waste driver said he noticed light smoke when he got out of his truck shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Jackson and U.S. 31.
He touched the side of the truck and found a hot spot. His supervisor told him to drive over to the Grand Haven Department of Public Works, 1120 Jackson St., and dump his load in the parking lot.
Firefighters responded to the scene and watered down the pile as a DPW worker used a front-end loader to separate the load.
GHDPS Officer Tom Winegar said usually a garbage fire really takes off when the load is dumped and gets some oxygen.
“It never really got going,” said Winegar. “We got lucky.”