According to Bartow County Fire Department Capt. Darrell Abernathy, the 75-by-75-foot pile off Smiley Ingram Road gathered moisture and heat internally, causing the mound of mulch to burst into flames.
BCFD stood by until Georgia Forestry arrived and plowed a break around the pile. The property owner was called in and advised to remain with the heap until it stopped burning.
According to Abernathy, the 30 foot-high pile could take a week to burn out if no action is taken. It is more likely the owners will break down the stack and apply water to extinguish the burn.
Corps of Engineers suspends permits at Allatoona
Park rangers at Lake Allatoona are in the midst of another busy recreation season, which will require the suspension of some normal ranger duties.
According to a release, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday began suspending evaluations of permit requests for new private docks, requests for upgrades to existing private docks and proposed shoreline stabilization projects.
Shoreline management requests will resume after Labor Day.
For additional information, call the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office at 678-721-6700.