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Smoke from Bastrop County mulch fire could cause throat, eye irritation

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A smoky mulch fire in Paige could cause some eye and lung irritation for Bastrop County residents. The fire started Saturday at Go Green International, a company that is helping to remove dead trees that were killed by the 2011 Bastrop wildfires.

The trees removed by Go Green are turned into biomass fuel products.

Bastrop County Emergency Management said Paige firefighters responded to a large mulch fire at the Go Green facility late Saturday evening. Bastrop and Giddings Fire Departments also responded to assist.

The companies had the fire contained within a few hours, but Paige firefighters stayed at the scene through the night to monitor remaining hot spots.

Bastrop County Emergency Management said the fire continued to burn Sunday. Weather conditions have caused significant smoke in the area that may be causing some discomfort for residents.

Officials say the smoke poses no health threat, but it may irritate the eyes or throats of some people who live there. Winds shifting to the southeast early Monday morning are expected to take the smoke to less populated areas.

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