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Spontaneous Combustion to Blame for Johnston Stump Dump Fire

Posted February 27, 2007

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— Johnston County emergency officials are warning the public about a fire that could cause problems for the next couple of days.

The fire broke out at the stump dump in the Loop Road vicinity. Officials with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources required Stump Dump Inc. to cover its yard waste with dirt, which is standard practice as ordered by state environment officials. However, something caused the fire to combust spontaneously.

According to officials, the fire started under the dirt before spreading and erupting into a huge cloud of smoke. The fire is expected to burn for several days, causing heavy smoke in the early morning and late afternoon hours.

Motorists are urged to be cautious on the roads since heavy smoke is a concern for that area. The state Division of Air Quality is investigating the incident.

People with respiratory problems are asked to limit their outside activities.

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  • georgewilson11 Feb 28, 2007

    It amazes me that some peeps are too stupid to turn around when they can't see where they are driving !

  • hooptie1964 Feb 27, 2007

    Hey boggy - Do you need to be told what to do for everything in your life? If you can't see far enough in front of you to drive - take another route. Personal responsibility, try it.

    Maybe the sheriff was off doing some real police work instead of sheparding a bunch of blind sheep around.

  • boggy1 Feb 27, 2007

    hey hooptie - perhaps a deputy sitting at the end of the road (rather than the local coffee shop) letting people know that there was absolutly no visibility due to the smoke could have been helpful or perhaps a traffic alert on WRAL this morning. anything would have been nice.

  • the original Milky Feb 27, 2007

    If Spinal Tap can lose drummers to spontaneous combustion, why not a few stumps?

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  • Burns Family Feb 27, 2007

    This is really really depressing news. We live in Fuquay Varina where the open burning problem (not to mention the notorious Haymaster barn fire of last year) has been horrendous. My mother is on two different types of breathing medications for asthma, and the other two occupants of our household also have reactive airway disease, not to mention autoimmune disease. We've been literally smoked out of our house 7 times in six years, where the smoke was so thick inside the house we had to go stay in a hotel. We've also had to buy a $400 air filter to compensate for the smoke outside, which can be daily, for weeks on end at times. Our situation was getting so ridiculous that the local paper picked up our story and ran a piece about us. I've lived in this state all my life and it enrages me to think that, even with escalating asthma problems in the population (esp children) and the bad air quality in the summer, NC policy is still "Burn it".

  • weenmack Feb 27, 2007

    I think Dick Cheney is behind it!!! I must admit that campfire smell takes me back(to what I call my LSD years). We should all grab a bag of marshmallows, some beers, and throw a hootin hollerin party!!!!

  • sjb2k1 Feb 27, 2007

    Gotcha. The wording in the original story made it sound like they planned the whole fire.

  • firemans wife Feb 27, 2007

    the first story that I read stated that the fire started but the firedepartment decided not to put the fire out because it would cause more smoke and soot problems. When this happens, it becomes a "control burn".

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 27, 2007

    Funny, Red States, really funny! Except that Al is probably still in Calif. partying!!