Officials: Paige mulch fire could burn for several weeks

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Posted on August 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 18 at 7:07 PM

PAIGE, Texas -- Bastrop County officials estimate that it could take weeks for crews to fully extinguish Saturday's large mulch fire near Paige.

The fire began around 9 p.m. on Saturday just off Highway 290 East in Paige at a lumber processing facility owned by Go Green International, Inc. The company recycles damaged trees from the 2011 wildfires in Bastrop and turns them into biomass fuel.

People who live in the area say they heard several explosions during the night and that, after being so close to the Bastrop wildfires in 2011, they can't help but think the worst.

"I looked out and I saw all the smoke in the sky and I was instantly frightened thinking about what just happened in Bastrop, thinking we might have to evacuate," said Paige resident Deborah Ahlhorn.

No injuries have been reported and the fire is contained to the mulch pile, but three 18-wheelers on the property were destroyed in the blaze.

Emergency management officials say they expect the smoke from this fire to continue through tomorrow night.

This type of fire can potentially burn for a long time. In March, it took 22 days from a compost fire to fully burn out in southeast Austin. Fighting that blaze cost the city close to $3 million. The city is working with local scientists to prevent it from happening again.

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