PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A pile of mulch spontaneously combusted Sunday morning and caused road closures on parts of NC Highway 210, according to Deputy Fire Marshall Tommy Batson with the Pender County Emergency Operations Center. Batson said weather conditions, specifically humidity, caused the perfect recipe for the fire.
The smoke caused white out conditions on portions of NC Highway 210 for a few hours. NC Highway 210 between Rocky Point and Hampstead was closed from Shaw Highway to Island Creek Road. Batson said the mulch pile was on privately owned land and the owner helped control the fire.
The road is reopen.