Emergency crews successful in snuffing tire
fire in South Dakota
EPA Emergency Response crews completed extinguishing
a tire pile fire adjacent to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation landfill,
which was burning approximately three miles west of Carter, South
Dakota in October. The fire started as a result of the Okreek
fire which burned an 18 mile path through the reservation before
being contained, including the landfill where the tire pile was
EPA responders dug a 10 to 15 foot wide by 5 foot deep trench
along the east and south sides of the tire pile with an excavator.
The tire pile was extinguished by pushing it into the trench
and covering it with soil. EPA response activities continued
until the south end of the tire pile was pushed into the trench
and covered with soil and the soil cover was graded and compacted.