Large mulch fire burning for days in Fearrington Village


FEARRINGTON, N.C . (WNCN) – Fire crews are working to contain a large mulch fire that has burned in the Fearrington Village area since Wednesday.

According to Chatham County Emergency Management, the surface area of the fire is about a half-mile and could have been caused by spontaneous combustion.

The fire is active in various levels of the mulch — near the surface and as far as 200 feet down. The large amount of mulch has been dumped in the area over several years, officials said.

“A number” of nearby residents are complaining of an odor of smoke throughout the neighborhood, according to Steve Newton, director of Chatham County Emergency Management.

A smoke haze is visible at times during the day in the neighborhood, but is more pronounced at night.

Firefighters have been unsuccessful in efforts to extinguish the fire but are currently keeping it from spreading.

There is no estimated time that the fire will be completely out.

“With mulch fires, there is just not enough water — you may spread it out and let it burn out,” Newton said.

North Carolina Forestry is expected to assist with special equipment on Sunday.

Emergency Management officials say these types of fires normally burn themselves out or are extinguished by rain.

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