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Sprinklers Used to Drench Flames of Stump Dump Fire

Posted March 10, 2007

— Fire crews at the scene of a fire smoldering in a Johnston County stump dump are using a new technique this weekend to try to douse the flames.

According to Johnston County fire officials, crews began installing 75 sprinkler heads in the area of the dump off Loop Road near Clayton. The sprinklers act like slow rain and slowly saturate the ground, authorities said.

Over a dozen area volunteer firefighters were at the scene of the smoldering fire Saturday, giving Clayton firefighters a short respite from battling the blaze.

According to fire officials, thermal imaging equipment brought to the site of the stump dump fire Friday detected one area that was believed to be a hot spot. However, crews found Saturday that it wasn’t an area that would create problems for firefighters.

Officials said Saturday that there is still no indication on when the fire will be completely extinguished.

Crews have been pouring water onto the surface for almost two weeks, but the logs, stumps and yard waste is as much as 70 feet deep, and the deluge has had little effect. Neither did over an inch of rain that fell a few days after the fire broke out.

Previously, crews have dug deep fire lines to keep the fire from spreading and have pumped a foam-water mixture onto it. Water curtains are also being used around the exterior of the fire, and excavators are attempting to dig up some of the fire so it can be more easily extinguished.

At times, the fire drove some neighbors from their homes and had made breathing difficult. One evening, it could be smelled in Raleigh and caused some fire alarms to go of at N.C. State University. More recently, winds have shifted and have taken smoke away from nearby homes.


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  • babygurlie Mar 12, 2007

    what does this have to do with hilary i think that they need to make a plan to prevent things like this from happening again

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  • mugofstout Mar 11, 2007

    Now why don't they just let the thing burn out?

  • Brain-Dead Religious Freak Mar 11, 2007

    Praise be to God for granting the firefighters the wisdom to design this new technique of using sprinklers to control this fire! Fire is the tool of the DEVIL! God bless these men for combatting this EVIL in our backyard, and grant them the strength to defeat this visitation from HELL! Prayers to all, God bless!

  • Ashen-Shugar Mar 10, 2007

    Hilary would have said she put out fires in college.

    No wonder Bill didn't inhale.

    Get Monica, she's a spitter!

  • narck9 Mar 10, 2007

    Hilary would have said she put out fires in college.

  • Mr 911 Mar 10, 2007

    I still think it's Hilary's fault !!!!!!!!