|Out of control mulch fire in Helotes, Texas (February 2007)|
Spontaneous combustion occurs when a substance generates enough heat to ignite without an outside source. The fire triangle consists of heat, fuel, and oxygen. Ignition of fire requires not only a combustible material but also oxygen, generally from air, and usually an energy source to provide ignition, although certain materials other than mulch can also spontaneously ignite. Once combustion has begun in a mulch pile, the smoldering fire can become deep-seated and spread rapidly. The larger and taller the mulch pile, the greater the fire hazard and the more difficult a fire in such a pile will be to control.
|Combustion and fires can occur even in frigid conditions.|
Fires burned for almost a week at a Macedonia, Ohio, landscape business.
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From the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services laws:
Storage and Manufacturing of Mulch - The revised regulation has safety requirements for those who store or manufacture mulch. It limits the size of mulch piles and requires a distance of 30-feet between piles and 25-feet from the lot line. Large piles of mulch can easily spontaneously combust with all the heat they generate. The distance between piles prevents a fire in one from easily spreading to another or to a building.
Permits Required to Store 300+ Cubic Yards of Mulch - Permits are required from the fire department wherever more than 300 cubic yards of mulch is produced or stored.
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|Will there be a day when Framingham |
may have to put up signs such as this??