Mulch Fire Sends Smoke High Into Air

By Julie Tam
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 6:20 PM CDT
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A fire at a mulch recycling facility continues to burn Thursday.

Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com

A fire at a mulch recycling facility continues to burn Thursday.

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Mulch Fire Burns in Fort Worth

Fort Worth firefighters started fighting a mulch fire early Thursday morning.
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A mulch fire in Fort Worth has sent plumes of smoke billowing into the air since just after midnight Thursday.

A 20-foot-tall pile of recycled mixed soil is on fire at Thelin Recycling Company on Thelin Street at Hemphill Street.

The Fort Worth Fire Department sent more than two dozen fire trucks out to the facility, but they're scaling back to four units after firefighters made progress in putting out the fire.

Firefighters say the natural decomposition process of the landscaping materials creates a lot of heat and can cause fires. The fire department has fought a fire at the facility before.

Firefighters are using backhoes and other heavy equipment to toss and turn the mulch to try to smother the fire.

"It is a challenge. This particular business here, I don't believe they have a hydrant on site. There is one within close proximity. However, we have to bring water from the hydrant up to the fire and get the water on the fire. It's a long, arduous process," said Lt. Ricardo Neaves, of the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Firefighters said they'll be at the scene all day and maybe even into Friday to put out hot spots.

There have been no injuries in connection with the fire.

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