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Putting out Poplar Grove mulch fire cost $46,000

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POPLAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) -- Fighting a large mulch fire that broke out in the northern Illinois community of Poplar Grove came with a $46,000 price tag.

The Rockford Register Star (http://bit.ly/Ncxdlv ) reports that the rural Boone County Fire Protection District 2 and the village of Poplar Grove are facing the hefty bill after the fire in May required more than 100 agencies and 4 million gallons of water to extinguish.

Officials at a meeting of the Boone County Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday were still trying to figure out who's at fault.

Fire Chief Mel Johnson says several fire codes were violated at the time of the fire, and he says it's difficult to find individuals in a volunteer fire department to do the legwork to regulate mulch piles.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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