4/17/2012

Hunk of Burning Mulch

Sunday a fire broke out at a place in the Big City that stores mulch and other organic material.  The fire is 9 acres big.  It shouldn't affect us, right?  Up until this morning, I hadn't noticed it. This morning I smelled it as I left for work, and I noticed a haze in the direction of the Big Town.  The news said that the winds had shifted a bit, so I figured it meant it was away from us.  I'm sure we've all seen the big pile of mulch that appears to have steam coming from it.  Apparently the mulch at this place has caught on fire before, but because of lightening strikes and even spontaneous combustion a couple of times, but it's never been this big.  And this morning it was reported that run off from the water got into a creek and has killed some fish.
They're doing what they can to get this out:  they even had some fire trucks from the airport come in and try to put it out.  Apparently a back hoe (that they brought in to try to break through the mulch so the firefighters could spray the actual fire) was the one that broke the barrier and allowed run off in the creek, which runs into a river, which resulted in the dead fish. So, his duties have changed to try to build back up the barrier to save the fish.  Poor guy!  If it was a mistake, he must feel awful!
The more they spray water on the pile, the more smoke.  Businesses and residences have been told to turn off the HVAC if it brings in outside air, and the fire dept. captain advised to watch for carbon monoxide poisoning, even though the material is organic.  It's expected to continue burning for days.

 Photos by Mark McIntyre, special to the News-Sentinel

So...has there been anything exciting going on where you live?

9 comments:

  1. Hope they're able to get that fire out ... and keep that dreadful water out of the creek.

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  2. Wow - nothing nearly exciting as this!

    I love thunderstorms and they've been promising them and then changing their minds for days now.

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  3. Burning mulch is not a pleasant smell. We had a pasture fire last weekend...it was controlled at first...then not so much. The fire dept fought it for several hours.

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  4. Wow-what a mess! I hope they can get it under control before anything more serious occurs.

    It's relatively quiet here I guess : )

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  5. I'm just excited to be back to blogging after several weeks off. We did have some "exciting" weather over the weekend. Tornadoes and such, but that is typical for Oklahoma!

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  6. We get wildfires sometimes, but I've never heard of a mulch pile big enough to cause this much of a problem!

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  7. Holy smokes! Literally!1 That picture looks like a volcano. Hope you aren't bothered too much by the smoke. We had the smoke from those AZ fires last summer. My eyes were burning and everything smelled like camping.
    Hope they can get it out soon. For your sake. And the fishies too.

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  8. Wow! All that toxic poisoning is scary!

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  9. Wow...that hurts the earth, and that hurts ME.
    I hate it when stuff like this happens.
    Me? Excitement? Well, if I shared in your comment section then what would I blog about? ;)
    take care,
    Suz

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