User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


33° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.
Winter Returns To KELOLAND This Weekend. Click here for details. 

 

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Potting Soil Ignites Fires In Sioux Falls

July 21, 2012, 6:12 PM by Hailey Higgins

Potting Soil Ignites Fires In Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The extreme heat and severe drought is causing bizarre fires to ignite from potting soil in South Dakota's biggest city.

Spontaneous combustion may sound too weird to be true, but Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says it's happening within the city.

Many potting soil mixes on the market contain more organic material than inorganic material. When you combine that with fertilizers, as well as hot and dry conditions, you may have a fire on your hands.

To douse that risk, Springbrook Estates management is taking unusual steps.

People who live at the apartment complex at 807 North Cleveland Avenue were given a notice Friday, urging them to remove any dead plants and potting soil from their decks and patios immediately.

And the reason was spontaneous combustion.

"I thought it was a pretty unique deal. I didn't know something like that would be happening," apartment complex renter Brandon Staab said. "I suppose with these dry conditions anything is possible with that stuff."

The phenomenon may be new to renters like Staab, but lately it's keeping Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews busy.

"We've had, in the last 48 hours, at least three instances where it's involved some type of potting soil," Battalion Chief Steve Fessler said.

Fessler said most fires occur when a potted plant is used as an ash tray, when a cigarette ignites the combustible potting soil. But Fessler adds one of the recent potting soil fires was at a house with non-smokers.

While the property manager at Springbrook Estates declined to comment on the notice he sent to his residents, Fessler says it's not a bad recommendation.

"We haven't gone out and said no pots on decks or anything like that but the main thing is people are aware of it and can take precaution and try not to put the cigarettes out in the pots," Fessler said.

To prevent your potting soil from spontaneously combusting, Fessler says it’s important to keep the soil moist. Also, use clay pots instead of plastic to contain the fire if one breaks out.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Police Identify Two Suspects In Sioux Falls Shooting

1/30/2015 10:55 AM

Police are searching for 17-year-old Conner Hanson and 19-year-old Robert Montes. Hanson and Montes are reported to be dangerous and should not be app...

Full Story
Police Searching For Two Suspects In Shooting

1/30/2015 12:09 AM

Sioux Falls Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that occurred near the Empire Mall. 

Full Story
1 Dead After ATV Goes Through Ice On Perkins Co. Lake

1/25/2015 8:08 AM

A Newcastle, Wyoming man died after an ATV broke through the ice on a lake in northern Perkins County in South Dakota.

Full Story
Man Rescued From Big Stone Lake After Falling Through Ice

1/29/2015 5:30 PM

Officials are urging caution on the ice as warmer temperatures lead to changing ice conditions across the region.

Full Story | Watch
Augustana College Student Found Safe

1/28/2015 10:56 AM

On Tuesday, a 19-year-old student left her room saying she was headed to the bathroom. Her roommate reported her missing when she had not returned.

Full Story


Events