MOTTVILLE, Mich. — A large fire burning at a mulch manufacturing facility north of Bristol could be seen for miles away.
Several fire departments from southern Michigan and northern Indiana were on the scene at Michiana Decorative Mulch beginning around 4 p.m. Monday. The facility is located in the 69000 block of M-103, which is what Indiana's S.R. 15 becomes in Michigan.
At least one building and several piles of mulch and wood debris appeared to be on fire at the business. Burning embers that blew east across M-103 from the business also ignited a large field fire.
Smoke from the fire could be seen several miles away west of Bristol.
Fire department tanker trucks were staging along S.R. 15 near the Indiana Toll Road to refill from a fire hydrant there.
Traffic was still flowing in both directions along S.R. 15 and M-103, but police were stopping traffic frequently near the scene to allow fire trucks to go in and out. Police later closed the roadway between U.S. 12 and Barker Road Monday evening.
Trucks entering and leaving frequently here. High winds no doubt hurting fire efforts here. pic.twitter.com/BICbVVbPSq— Sam Householder (@TruthPhotoChief) June 26, 2017
Niblock Construction sent excavators to the scene to help spread out the burning piles for firefighters.
Fire officials on the scene were not immediately available to comment and Michiana Decorative Mulch officials declined to comment at the scene. Fire crews expected to remain on the scene well into Monday evening.
The Bristol, Jefferson Township and Middlebury fire departments from Elkhart County were on the scene.