February 07, 2015 09:15 AM
Fire crews were battling a blaze at the Superior landfill on Moccasin Mike Road for about eight hours Friday night and into Saturday morning.
The Superior Fire Department said they have three engine companies -- their entire on-duty force -- on the scene as of 9:30 p.m. Another three off-duty crews were called in to cover the rest of the city.
A battalion chief on the scene says they were able to stop the fire's spread before it reached the nearby woods. According to Battalion Chief Scott Gordon with the Superior Fire Department, the first two engine companies dispersed their on board water supply of 1,500 gallons to knock down the flames while a long-range plan was put into place. Superior's Public Works Department was also called in to put sand on the fire using front-end loaders.
The fire was eventually extinguished by putting 10,000 gallons of water and about 100 loads of sand on the affected area. Gordon said this strategy was made with safety in mind.
"Maybe 50 yards wide... that's burning. Luckily it's burning downhill, so the wind is kind of helping us," Gordon said. "Our initial goal is to make sure we could do what we could to keep it from getting into the woods. It's not that close to the woods, but we wanted to make sure nothing got into the woods."
Fire officials said they left the scene around 5:20 a.m. Saturday morning without any signs of continued burning.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Updated: February 07, 2015 09:15 AM
Created: February 06, 2015 10:50 PM
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