Montgomery County FD battling 85-foot-tall trash fire for several straight days

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UPDATE: As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the fire was still ongoing. Fire and Rescue say that although the fire is contained, "it may take several more days before it is fully extinguished".

The fire will not impact County single-family residential curbside trash pick-up, but commercial customers (including for family properties) will temporarily be diverted to other incinerators.

“Firefighters have worked around the clock since Thursday evening when they were first called to the scene,” said Pete Piringer, public information officer for the County’s Fire & Rescue Services. “Firefighters will continue working until the fire is out.”

Weather looks favorable to keep smoke rising high in the air, away from resident homes.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- Firefighters for Montgomery County have spent several days rotating crews to battle a trash fire that broke out at an incinerator plant.

The fire broke out Dec. 8 around 6:30 on the 'tipping room floor' at the county Resource Recovery Facility on Martinsburg Road. The tipping room is where the garbage is dumped. It was contained within an hour, and the fire has not spread past the tipping room.

The fire is contained, says MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer. Parts of the building have been peeled off so the firefighters can better reach the flames.

They are utilizing fire engines, water tankers and large capacity private tankers to extinguish the blaze, which is 85 feet tall and 200 feet across.

No injuries have been reported so far.

You can request further information by calling the MCFRS Media Info Hotline at 240-777-2442.