It's very common for compost piles to catch on fire. Try climbing around
one in 20 Degree Fahrenheit weather. You can move around wearing a t-shirt and
not notice the cold. The decomposing material generates a lot of heat.I never understood why they are allowed to have such a huge pile of rotting
organic material. Every time I drove by, I knew it was just a matter of time
before the pile would erupt. Typically you need a sprinkler system running on
the pile to keep the naturally occurring fire down. If that's not an issue
big enough, then you have to deal with the rotting smell of the pile. I'm
sure the neighbors enjoy that smell.
Well that stinks...
The question for Liberal Ted is why would you or anyone else would want to climb
a compost heap?
I work in a business across the street and this compost pile is definitely zoned
in wrong area of town. In the last three weeks there has been 4 FIRES AT THE
SAME LOCATION! It threatens public safety and is a general nuisance. If our
business was right next to this place like Camp Bow Wow, or others, I would be
absolutely livid. It is obvious that the owner of the compost business is
negligent and not doing what is necessary to make it safe, after these 4 fires
in a short amount of time. Time to close the doors!
Liberal Ted,I just searched on line for information about compost
fires and would have posted several links but they are not allowed by DN. Bottom line is, spontaneous combustion of compost piles are, and I quote
from several sources "extremely rare". Nearly all compost fires are from
an outside source of ignition. Just thought everyone might be
interested to know.
This business is located just down the street from where I work. I could see
they were still trying to put it out this morning. It is adjacent to the
freeway. It does cause the whole area to smell like a giant garbage dump. other
than that you would not know this business was even there unless you drive by
and see it. a compost pile of this size is a hazard. They know it's a
hazard. South Salt Lake does not want to lose the tax revenue with a reasonably
sized business. They either need to be subjected to more compliance or will need
to move to a different area with less population and less risk.
Sorry for my friends in South Salt Lake.
A former neighbor of mine had a very small compost pile for his personal
gardening. We never smelled it but it attracted squirrels, mice and bugs. The
squirrels ate the fruit from our trees, the mice got into our basement and
created a horrible mess, and the bugs added exponentially to an already
difficult issue in a desert environment. I can't imagine
"what" was attracted to the large compost operation in this story.