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UPDATE: Sinclair fire is "under control"

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- As the fire at the old Sinclair Property in Cedar Rapids continues to burn, the fire department says it is "under control".

Demolition crews and firefighters continue to tear down walls and battle the fire.

The fire department says they have found more pallets of corn, some as high as three feet tall, that are still burning.

They believe they will have crews on site for several more days putting the fire out.

There is good news from Linn County Public Health.  

Air quality monitoring done today showed a significant decline of particulate pollution in the immediate area of the fire.

They say levels were at or below the 24-hour health standard within a quarter of a mile downwind from the fire.

They do warn that as the fire continues to smolder, it could cause some elevated levels of particulate pollution in isolated areas.

They say people with asthma and other respiratory conditions living or working immediately downwind of the fire should continue to be aware of changing weather conditions that could bring the smoke their way.

If you smell smoke, stay indoors, limit exercise, and avoid outdoor activities until the smoke is no longer detectable outside.  Staying inside with the doors and windows closed can greatly reduce exposure to ambient air pollution.

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