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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

, on the scene douses fire - Milner Landfill

Steamboat Springs — A fire that broke out Monday night at the Milner Landfill is suspected to be caused by the improper disposal of combustible materials and was safely contained by landfill employees early Tuesday morning.

“It must’ve been a load of trash that came in as what we term ‘hot,’ possibly oily debris or construction waste,” Milner Landfill general manager David Epstein said.

Landfill employees were able to handle the blaze on their own, thanks to the presence of the landfill’s own heavy equipment and water tender. The fire was contained by about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews removed the ignited trash from the dump site where the fire began, then transferred the trash to another location where it was doused with water and buried, effectively putting the fire out, Epstein said.

Wildfire News Idaho: 35 acres - Big Little Ranches

On Monday, fire crews from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District Fire responded to a wildfire that ignited near the Big Little Ranches subdivision along U.S. Highway 93 north of Twin Falls.

The crews were able to keep the blaze to 35 acres, a BLM news release states. Responding to the blaze were three wildland fire engines, a helicopter with helitack crew and a water tender. Jerome Rural Fire Department also assisted with the fire suppression efforts.

Because there were no lightning strikes in the area, the incident has been determined to be human-caused. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire crews suppressed the blaze once it reached the southbound edge of Highway 93. According to the BLM, the fire was declared contained at 2 p.m.

Firefighters fought the blaze with a water tender

TAMPA — A house in rural Odessa burned to the ground Tuesday evening as firefighters scrambled to find a source of water to help fight the blaze.

No one was home at 19502 Pine Valley Drive at the time of the fire, but two dogs and two cats perished in the blaze, said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Capt. Bruce Delk.

Firefighters arrived at the house at 6:16 p.m. to find flames shooting through the roof and the house already largely engulfed in flames, Delk said. To make matters worse, the closest fire hydrant was nearly a half-mile away, he said.

The first fire crews fought the blaze with a water tender while other firefighters uncoiled more than 2,000 feet of hose to reach the hydrant. Eight units responded to the blaze, with 24 firefighters on scene.

A motor home and a detached garage were saved, though the house itself was a total loss, Delk said.

"The only things that were left standing were the outside walls," he said. "The inside was totally devastated."

The one-story house, a 2,120-square-foot, single-family home with three bedrooms, was built in 1987, according to county records. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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