Landfill Fire in Virginia Almost Contained, Under Investigation

LANDFILL FIRE – VIRGINIA

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Location:  The Landfill Fire is located on the north slope of Horse Heaven Mountain, approximately one mile south of the town of Speedwell in Wythe County. It is east of Highway 21 and south of the Speedwell Landfill.

Cause:  Under Investigation. Began on 11/12/13 approximately 1700 Hours.

Cooperators:  USDA Forest Service Speedwel,l Volunteer Fire Department, Virginia Department of Forestry and Wythe County Emergency Management.

BRIEFING:  11/19/13 1000 Hours

Overview: High winds kept firefighters from burning out the remaining portions of unburned fuels residing within the fire perimeter on Monday. Despite these erratic winds, fire activity was minimal across the entire fire. Firefighters will continue to improve and patrol existing containment lines. Weather conditions could be favorable today to allow for burnout operations to take place. Rehabilitation work is currently underway on portions of the fire.

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Resources: Approximately 80 firefighters and support staff, including three initial attack crews, one dozer, one engine, and a helicopter are assisting with the Fire

Fire Weather:  Tuesday Weather: Sunny, with a high near 43 degrees. North wind 9 to 13 mph. Minimum humidity, 37%. Tuesday Night Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29 degrees. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Maximum humidity, 69% Wednesday Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48 degrees. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Minimum humidity, 31%.

Containment:  68%.

BRIEFING:  11/18/13 1000 Hours

Overview:  Firefighters will continue patrolling and improving existing containment lines on the Landfill Fire. Fire activity was minimal on Sunday due to rain and high humidity. Plans are in place to continue burnout operations to remove the remaining pieces of unburned fuel residing inside the fire perimeter once weather conditions allow. Rehabilitation work is currently in place on portions of the fire.

Resources:  Approximately 130 firefighters and support staff, including four twenty-person initial attack crews, one dozer, one engine, and a helicopter are assisting with the Fire.

Fire Weather:  Monday Weather: Sunny, with a high near 57 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Minimum humidity, 36%. Monday Night Weather: Mostly clear, with a low around 31 degrees. Northwest wind 13 to 16 mph. Maximum humidity, 77%. Tuesday Weather: Sunny, with a high near 46 degrees. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Minimum humidity, 38%

BRIEFING:  11/17/13  1000 Hours

Overview:  An increase in humidity from recent rain showers slowed burnout operations on Saturday. This allowed firefighters to spend time prepping for future burnout operations, and improving existing containment lines around the Landfill Fire. Rehabilitation of portions of the fireline is currently in progress. Once the weather conditions allow, burnout operations will remove the remaining pieces of unburned fuel residing inside the fire perimeter.

Resources:  Approximately 140 firefighters and support staff, including three twenty-person initial attack crews, one dozer, one engine, and a helicopter are assisting with the Fire.

Briefing

Fire Weather:  Sunday Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61 degrees. South winds at 6 to 12 mph with gusts up to 23 mph. Chance of wetting rain at 50%. Minimum humidity, 73%. Sunday Night Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a low near 50 degrees. South winds at 11 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of wetting rain at 40%. Max humidity, 100%. Monday Weather:  Partly cloudy, with a high near 59 degrees. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 27 mph. Minimum humidity, 38%

BRIEFING:  11/16/13 1000 Hours

Overview:  A line was established around the entire Landfill Fire on Friday, and burnout operations were conducted to eliminate unburned fuel between established lines and the fire perimeter. Significant progress was made in eliminating this unburned fuel; however, the fire will continue to burn through the weekend. Fire crews will continue containment efforts on Saturday by improving existing lines and burning out if the weather allows.

Resources:  Approximately 70 firefighters and support staff, including one twenty-person initial attack crew, one dozer, one engine, and a helicopter are assisting with the Fire.

Fire Weather:  Saturday Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 60 degrees. Light and variable winds with a chance of wetting rain at 10 %. Minimum humidity, 61%. Saturday Night Weather:  Mostly cloudy, with a low near 51 degrees. Light and variable winds with a chance of wetting rain at 40%. Max humidity, 79%.

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