James City County fire officials expect fire to burn for several days

James City County Fire Department

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – It could take up to one week for a mulch fire at Yard Works to be completely extinguished.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the mulch and recycling center at 20 Marclay Drive around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Fire Chief Ryan Ashe tells 10 On Your Side most of the debris that gets ground into mulch has caught on fire.

Yard Works says the fire spread quickly due to weather conditions.

Crews from York County and the City of Williamsburg Fire Departments provided assistance with the fire. The Virginia Department of Forestry also assisted by cutting a fire break around the area to prevent any further spread.

Yard Works employees started using heavy equipment to help first responders separate nearby piles of much and other wood pulp material away from the burning pile.

The fire was marked under control Saturday afternoon. However, the James City County Fire Department says it could take up to one week for the fire to fully extinguish.

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported and there has been no significant property damage.

Yard Works says additional manpower and equipment have been mobilized and are on site around the clock to continuously monitor the location of the incident. This will continue until the debris is fully extinguished.

People can expect smoke in the area.

Yard Works is not accepting yard waste debris at this time, but remains open for retail sales during normal business hours.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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