DECEMBER 2011

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 located.

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.