Laramie Fire Chief: Crews Working to Maintain Perimeter on Landfill Fire
The Laramie Fire Department is continuing to work on the Laramie Landfill fire.
LFD Fire Chief Dan Johnson said fire crews were attending the fire yesterday and this morning. He said crews were working to push the burning material to a central location and create and maintain a perimeter for the fire, as well as removing any burnable material outside of the perimeter.
“That has been successful so far,” Johnson said. “Fires like this are difficult to extinguish because there is lots of organic matter involved.”
The City of Laramie says the green waste pile that caught fire is estimated to be about 4,600 tons. The size of the pile makes it difficult for water to reach the center of the pile of burning green waste, the city says.
Johnson said the fire is currently smoldering. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The landfill is still operating under normal hours and residents are still able to drop off their green waste.
The first call about the Laramie Landfill fire came in at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Multiple agencies, including the LFD, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and Albany County Central responded to the fire.