Biomass One Advised On How To Maintain Wood Piles

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, October 4 2012 at 6:08 PM, Updated: Thu, October 4 2012 at 6:22 PM

Following two fires that sparked up in late September, fire officials sat down with Biomass to talk about a solution and what seems to be a trend. A massive sawdust pile, on fire that was out of reach to firefighters who's truck ladder spans only 100 feet, and a pile 108 feet high. The yearly fires usually get worse in the summer and have tied up resources, mainly Jackson County Fire District Three which sits adjacent to the facility. What's worse is that plume of smoke that hovers through a small portion, usually the same portion of homes in White City. Small grass fires have sparked up but haven't been contained to a fairly small area. While the Alternative energy plant serves as a good resource, the possible dangers are just as apparent.

The facility was praised by fire officials who say they're good at taking on hot spots and jumped into action after making the decision to move the massive sawdust pile into smaller ones.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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