Fire At Alliance Landfill Does Little Damage

Courtesy Alliance VFD

     Alliance Fire Chief Troy Shoemaker says a fire Tuesday afternoon at the city landfill was contained, but not extinguished – largely because of an inadequate water supply in the area.

      Chief Shoemaker told KNEB News the fire was started about 4:00 in the waste wood pile by a chipper-grinder, but strong winds blew embers that ignited dry grass west and north of the landfill, threatening a structure to the north.

       Shoemaker said a bulldozer from the landfill and a grader from the Alliance Street Department cut firelines around the grass fire and the burning wood pile to keep them from spreading.

       Firefighters focused their attention on the grass fire while watching for any more escaping embers and for hot spots. 

      Once the wood pile fire was contained and kept from reaching baled trash and waste tires, the decision was made to just let it burn out with constant monitoring. The only loss to the landfill was the chipper-grinder blamed for starting the fire.

      While the attention of most of the Alliance Fire Department was on the landfill fire, a wildland engine and 3 firefighters were sent to a mutual aid call for a pair of grass fires burning east of Angora in Morrill County. 

      The fires were large enough that Highway 385 was closed for a time by a combination of fire, smoke, and firefighting equipment.

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