Stump dump smoldering near I-83

December 07, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A contractor for Baltimore's department of recreation and parks is working to smother a smoldering compost pile at a facility just south of Cold Spring Lane, according to a spokeswoman.

The contractor was adding more dirt to reduce the flow of oxygen to the pile at Camp Small, she said. The facility is west of Interstate 83 and the smoke was visible to morning commuters.

Compost piles heat as the organic materials decay, said the spokeswoman, Gwendolyn Chambers. Occasionally, the pile may grow warm enough to smolder if there's enough oxygen, she said.

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