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Large trash fire burning in Pueblo

Posted at 7:45 AM, Oct 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 11:19:01-04

PUEBLO – Multiple fire agencies, including the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Emergency Services Bureau Fire team, are working to put out a large trash fire that was reported at about 4:00 a.m. Saturday after a passerby reported seeing large flames at the C&C Disposal Transfer Station on Quartz Road.

Officials say heavy smoke and flames are expected to be visible throughout the day and crews will continue to work the fire. The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a health advisory due to the thick smoke in the area. Individuals with respiratory issues are asked to avoid the area. Residents in the area asked to keep their windows and doors closed due to heavy smoke.

Flames were reported to be as high as 44 feet at times. Pueblo West Fire responded first and saw the fire was burning in a pile of outdoor trash on the north end of the Transfer Station. The fire spread to a nearby metal building that houses the recycling sorting center. The center is filled with materials including plastics and cardboard. The fire is approximately ½ acre in size.

Fire crews will continue to work throughout the day on fire suppression and on protecting nearby structures. The transfer station will be closed today and the public is asked to avoid the area.