Landfill fire quickly extinguished |

Landfill fire quickly extinguished

BOB BERWYNsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Firefighters from the Lake Dillon Fire Authority and from Red, White and Blue Fire Rescue in Breckenridge responded to a small fire at the Summit County landfill Saturday at 4:22 p.m.Fire Chief Dave Parmley said the blaze involved about 50 feet by 75 feet in the area where normal dumping occurs.”It was going at a pretty good rate,” Parmley said, adding that four engines and 22 firefighters from the Lake Dillon Fire Authority, as well as two engines and four firefighters from Red, White and Blue responded to the fire.”We had quite a bit of personnel and equipment up there,” Parmley said. It’s not clear how the fire started, he added.The Breckenridge engines were used to establish a water shuttle from Highway 6 up to the landfill, where there is currently no water.Parmley said firefighters were at the scene until about 8 p.m., when the fire was finally doused completely, requiring about 30,000 gallons of water and 50 gallons of foam. The county sent a landfill operator to separate the smoldering debris from the rest of the garbage to aid in extinguishing the blaze.There was no danger of the fire spreading to adjacent forest or any residential areas, Parmley said. He said the county is in the process of building a water distribution system in the landfill area to service the recycling center.

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