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Junk yard fire still burning in Trumbull
EPA is keeping watch for escaped pollutants
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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A Trumbull County dump is still smoldering from a fire that broke out over the weekend.  For the past two days, local responders and the U.S. EPA have been working to bring it under control.  

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Countryside Salvage on Orangeville-Kinsman Road is two miles from the Pennsylvania line in northern Trumbull County.  It’s an old quarry used for 40 years to dump construction debris, remnants of demolished mobile homes, tires and industrial scrap.  For reasons still unknown, a swath of the dump several hundred feet across and up to a hundred feet deep began burning Saturday.

The U.S. EPA sent in a team to help deal with the fire. And field coordinator Trish Edwards said when 70,000 gallons of water from fire hoses couldn’t put it all the way out:

“We decided to smother the fire with a cap of clay over the area that is smoldering," she said, and that's being done with "graders and bull dozers and a dump truck.”

Edwards says site monitoring for dangerous pollutants in the smoke or escaping in other ways from the fire began Sunday and will continue as long as needed.  She expects the capping to be done by Wednesday evening.

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