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Mulch fire forces a road closure near Brooksville

Published May 13, 2013

BROOKSVILLE — The smoke from a large pile of burning mulch near the Cemex mine north of Brooksville prompted officials Monday to close a stretch of Cobb Road between Yontz Road and U.S. 98. Hernando County Fire Rescue responded about 2:45 p.m. to the site off Camp Mine Road to help tamp down the 40-foot high pile of mulch containing roughly 400,000 cubic yards, said Hernando County Public Safety Director Michael Rampino, The mulch is on property owned by DAB Constructors, Inc., and is used by Cemex to fuel its kiln. Crews from Spring Hill and Brooksville city departments also responded to help douse the fire, which spread to some adjacent brush but was under control Monday and not threatening structures. Smoky conditions are expected to continue as the material smolders, Rampino said.