McPherson Fire Department Chief TJ Wyssmann issues media release on landfill fire

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The City of McPherson Fire Department received a call for service to 1481 Pueblo Road in McPherson County for a landfill fire. Lindsborg Fire Department, along with McPherson Fire Department, engaged in a 15-hour suppression operation to bring the fire under control.

The smoke leaving the incident site traveled directly south to the City of McPherson. The contents of this smoke are unknown, but with the types of discarded items in the landfill, a precautionary shelter in place order was given to the City of McPherson and residents in the direct path of the plume model.

It was unknown how much progress we could safely make into a fire that was the size of three football fields, 30 feet high. The suppression operation was very successful due to the dedicated men and women of these departments and agencies.

We requested CHS Refinery Fire Brigade for support with a foam trailer and area wide quality monitoring equipment. The air monitoring was placed on the most northern edge of the City of McPherson, this was to ensure that if dangerous products were present further action could be taken. At no time did our monitor readings indicate a danger to the City of McPherson or the residents. We attribute this to the personnel’s dedication and efforts in fire suppression operations.

The landfill still has numerous hot spots; however, McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility will mitigate them.

We have suspended air quality operations for the landfill at this time. Residents near the landfill will continue to combat smoke, but this should diminish in the coming days.

We appreciate the great support of our wonderful community and we appreciate Lindsborg Fire Department, Galva Fire Department and McPherson County Dispatch for working as a great team.

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