Wildfire blazes behind middle school

Firefighters responded to a wildfire Sunday afternoon in the marsh behind Spring Lake Middle School – the second one in just two weeks.
Becky Vargo
May 4, 2014

Smoke from the blaze was visible from across the river as well as at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Jackson Street in Grand Haven.

Officials from Spring Lake Township Fire Department said just a little over half an acre burned in the blaze reported just after 2 p.m.

David Bosse, 206 South St., watched as Crockery Township firefighters manipulated their all-terrain vehicle into the swampy area.

He climbed onto a brush pile to get a better vantage of the firefighters disappearing in the cattails.

“I called 911, but they already knew about it,” he said. “I’ve been keeping an eye out on my property to watch for kids out there.

The cause of this fire, and the one from two weeks ago, was unknown.

“The cattails are so dry, it doesn’t take much to get them started,” one firefighter said.

Firefighters leaving the swamp discovered a large snapping turtle with a scorched shell.

They used their water from their backpack tanks to soak down the one-foot-long snapper.

It eventually moved out of the way.

Firefighters were on the scene about an hour.



is the picture of the turtle really necessary?


yep, i used to skip class to back in the marsh to smoke, used to be a dock near the water, but never had any fire,s


Was it really necessary to post the picture of the burnt turtle???

Becky Vargo

Thanks for your comments. The turtle did have a slightly scorched shell, but was moving around and appeared to be OK. The ground was very wet.

Magic Mike

I hear this is a real "snappy" recipe.



That wasn't the only thing blazing behind the middle school yesterday.... hehehe


Uh...hey dyankee! "Of all the turtle pictures in the world,...."

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