Mulch fire forces closures in Montgomery County

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A large fire in a mulch yard Sunday just off Interstate 45 in Montgomery County blanketed local hospitals in smoke and shut down the highway feeder road.

The fire started at Living Earth Mulch, just south of State Highway 242, around 1 p.m. and spread to about 6,000 cubic yards of mulch. Firefighters attempted to use three Conroe hydrants, but they were faulty, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter.

Montgomery County Sector 4 Fire Crew James Metts assisted firefighters with a bulldozer and excavator to move the mulch and expose the flames.

“We’re going to be here for a while,” Metts said. “This thing is a big pile and it’s going to take a while to put it out.”

Officials said it’s possible the I-45 feeder road could be closed overnight. They feared the smoke could affect workers and patients at three nearby hospitals.

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