At 4 a.m. on April 25 the city of McPherson Fire Department received a call for service for an outside fire in the 1400 Block of Pueblo Road.
Crews immediately responded to the location, however their response was slowed due to dense fog conditions.
The initial arriving crews reported heavy smoke and fire conditions from an area the size of two football fields within the landfill.
An additional alarm was requested for the fire department, as well as mutual aid assistance from Lindsborg Fire Department, Lindsborg EMS, Marquette Fire Department, Galva Fire Department, and Canton Fire Department. Assistance was also requested from the American Red Cross.
Crews utilized large attack lines for fire suppression operations. Water tenders were requested for a shuttle operation to achieve water supply. The shuttle was a 10-mile loop from the source to the incident. At the height of the incident, five water tenders with 3,000-gallon capacity or more were hauling water to the incident.
Crews were able to bring the fire under control shortly after 7 a.m.
The operation was then focused on over hauling the fire, which was extremely deep seated in the bales of trash. McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility used heavy machinery to move the bales for extinguishment.
Lindsborg EMS was utilized for rehabilitation of all fire personnel and the American Red Cross provided a canteen for the duration of the incident.
No fire personnel were injured combating the fire. The fire remains under investigation but is believed to be unintentional at this time.
“We would like to thank all participating agencies for their hard work on this complex incident,” McPherson Fire Department Chief TJ Wyssman said.