Walker County landfill fire contained

Walker County landfill fire contained

August 17th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Walker County Emergency Services works the scene of a fire at the Walker County landfill on Friday, August 17, 2018. / Photo courtesy of the Walker County Commissioner's Office

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A fire broke out in the Walker County Landfill Friday afternoon.

The fire, covering an area of about two basketball courts, started at about 3:30 p.m., according to a news release. Landfill crews used dirt from a nearby stockpile to smother the fire and create a break to prevent it from spreading.

Firefighters with Walker County Emergency Services arrived a short time later to douse the flames with water, the news release states.

The process involved seven fire trucks hauling water to a staging area to continually fill two 3,000-gallon portable water tanks.

Once the fire was under control, crews removed other potential fuel sources, according to the news release. 

Crews will remain on site overnight conducting a fire watch to be immediately alerted should the fire rekindle, the news release states.

Georgia Georgia Environmental Protection Division has been advised of the incident and is monitoring the situation.