Firefighters extinguish Upper Marlboro, Maryland mulch fire

9:38 AM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- WUSA9's Delia Goncalves reports that firefighters have put out a large mulch fire in Upper Marlboro, Md. Thursday morning. Crews reportedly proceeded to dump dirt in an effort to smother the mulch.

Wednesday night, Prince George's Fire Department called additional resources to the scene including brush units and foam units. They enlisted the help of heavy equipment from BWI and the Naval District of Washington that are able to spray fire retardant and move at the same time.

Thursday morning, officials said crews were hitting the pile with heavy bulldozers to spread out the burning mulch, then douse it with water and cover it with dirt.

The fire was in an isolated area and no structures were in danger, officials said. 

Firefighters used the water supply from a nearby school to put out the large blaze, which was 200 feet by 500 feet in size and 50 feet in height. 

The process was difficult. 

A fire spokesperson wrote:

"Winds gusting up to 20 to 30 mph played a factor possibly in the ignition and certainly in the rapid spread of the fire. Wind direction changed multiple times during the initial operations causing suppression units to move personnel and apparatus quickly to prevent injury and damage. Repositioning delayed and extended the time required to set up a water supply. Safety of personnel was the highest priority on this incident."

Officials do not know the cause of the fire yet.

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