The fire that burned for nearly a month at a huge composting facility in Southeast Austin will cost the city about $9 million, mostly to remove as many as 12,000 truckloads of charred debris, according to recent estimates.
The fire started Feb. 25 in a large pile of wood chips, transforming the neat windrows of yard trimmings and sludge at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant into something looking like primeval planet Earth, with a haze of smoke hanging steadily over an ashy landscape.
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