Firefighters letting El Mirage mulch fire smolder for next few days

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EL MIRAGE, Arizona — A mulch fire in El Mirage that partially lit up the sky Saturday night will likely burn for several days.

Firefighters say the blaze was reported just before 9 p.m. at a mulch and firewood facility near Dysart Road and Butler Drive.

Authorities say the fire is not threatening any homes.

The 20-acre fire is burning in a 15-foot deep pit. It has burned mostly organic material that was to slated to become mulch or fertilizer.

Firefighters from several agencies including Glendale, Rural Metro, Phoenix and Luke Air Force Base have been working to control the fire.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

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