The fire deep inside a mountain of trash at the Vilas County Highway G Landfill that had first been reported to the Eagle River Fire Department the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 13, is for all intents and purposes, extinguished.
Firefighters had initially brought in about 60,000 gallons of water. Over the course of the next 24 hours, several thousand more gallons were delivered and used on the fire and on trash in the pile.
Workers at the landfill used heavy equipment to separate the mountain of trash.
Mark Busha, the facility manager, said he and others felt pretty comfortable that the smoldering fire, which didn’t pose a danger to any buildings or individuals living in the area around the landfill, was pretty much extinguished by the following Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 15.
“We haven’t had any flare-ups or anything since,” Busha said early Thursday afternoon. “We’ll just keep monitoring it and hope nothing shows up.”
He said extinguishing the fire involved moving things around.
“You know, adding water to it once we had it laid out,” he said. “But we didn’t have any flames or anything coming through anymore ...”
Busha said there were lessons learned as a result of the fire.
“We kind’ve learned as we were doing this, and we’ve never had anything like this ... you have to take it out and work it and get it wet and pack it,” he said. “Now, the big thing is just keeping an eye on everything and making sure it’s out for sure.”
He said a cause for the fire has not been determined.
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