Macatawa Park is a beautiful area, but part of what makes it beautiful also creates a potential disaster. The hills and dunes are thick with beach grass, underbrush and forest debris, and this time of year especially it creates a tinderbox waiting to catch fire! Beach grass is wonderful, but at its base it is very dry and a stray spark from a firecracker, grill or outdoor fire, tossed match, or cigarette can cause beach grass to ignite immediately and combined with the winds off the lake, can cause a fire to spread across the dunes and woods instantly. That is why fireworks and camp fires are prohibited in all of Macatawa Park. The fire chiefs from Park and Laketown Townships have given us some tips to increase fire safety within our park. A few of those follow:
Put street numbers on your cottage to assist emergency personnel in locating your place.
Remove all yard waste, limbs and junk (especially combustible items) from areas around your cottage.
Never leave a barbeque grill untended while in use and safely store any propane tanks away from fire danger.