The Polly Drummond yard waste site was closed today after a second ground fire of unknown origin within a week, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
The second fire drew local fire companies to the yard waste site this morning, forcing its immediate closure until DNREC can determine the cause of the fires.
DNREC also is looking into how a recurrence of these blazes might be prevented on the Delaware State Parks’ land where Polly Drummond is sited in what is essentially a northern New Castle residential area.
The site had been scheduled to close Jan. 17 — after people finished trashing their Christmas trees.
The safety issue was magnified because of taking the trees, a DNREC release said, because of fears a fire could reak out again and threaten residents who were there to dispose of their trees.
DNREC has operated the Polly Drummond site since 2008 when it opened seasonally – from spring to fall, and then after the holidays – for use by the public.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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