Heavy smoke from mulch fire temporarily closes portion of Hwy. 210 in Pender

Heavy smoke from mulch fire temporarily closes portion of Hwy. 210 in Pender
A portion of Hwy. 210 has been shutdown Tuesday morning due to heavy smoke in the area.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A portion of Hwy. 210 was shut down Tuesday morning due to heavy smoke in the area from a nearby mulch fire.

According to a tweet from Pender County Emergency Management at 8:30 a.m., the impacted area was between Rocky Point and Hampstead.

“Crews are on the scene and if conditions are safe, hope to open the road this afternoon,” the tweet stated.

Around 11 a.m., Pender County officials said the highway reopened to traffic.

Emergency Management Director Tom Collins said the smoke was from a smoldering mulch pile at one of the county’s distribution sites.

“What happens is the pile is wet, at the bottom of the pile it generates heat and actually catches fire. So it’s a natural process,” Collins explained. “We started dealing with this on Friday with smoke and flames then on Sunday it was real bad with the fog creating what we call super fog.”

Over the weekend, the same stretch of road was temporarily closed due to smoky conditions.

A portion of Hwy. 210 has been shutdown Tuesday morning due to heavy smoke in the area. (Source: WECT)
A portion of Hwy. 210 has been shutdown Tuesday morning due to heavy smoke in the area. (Source: WECT)

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