04/03/10 122 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 When Pine Straw Burns

This week, WTVD took a camera crew to Chapel Hill for a fire department demonstration on pine straw versus hardwood mulch. Both were set alight, and the straw burned fast and furious. Within three minutes, a bale's worth of the popular landscaping material was completely engulfed. The much, meanwhile, was still a small, smoldering fire. Three years ago, Chapel Hill was the first in the area to impose restrictions on pine straw. Last week, the material was cited as a contributing factor to the fire that destroyed three homes and damaged four others in the Highland Creek subdivision. City officials are now seeking restrictions on pine straw within certain distances from combustable structures. Watch the video report.

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