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Fire at Dubuque landfill still smoldering


The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency says a fire that began in a large wood chip pile, continues to smolder.

The fire, which is believed to have ignited due to heat build-up within the pile, began smoldering earlier this week.  Crews from the Dubuque and Asbury Fire Departments believed they had the fire out, but officials say the fire was still smoldering on Thursday.

Officials say they are confident that the fire will stay contained to the wood chip pile because it is nearly a quarter mile from the nearest landfill cells and has a creek in between.

DMASWA officials continue to work with the Dubuque Fire Department and Connolly Construction of Peosta to extinguish the fire.

"With this type of fire, we will need to dig into and spread out the pile of wood chips, then spray the thinned-out layers with water," DMASWA Administrator Chuck Goddard said in a written statement.

The wood chips came from trees that were removed to make room for the newest cell in the landfill. 

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