Friday, April 14, 2017

EPA To Take Over Odessa Tire Fire Location


The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to take control of a fire that continues to burn thousands of tires in West Odessa.

The fire was called in at about 3 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Buckskin Road. West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Ellis said the EPA is expected to bring in special crews today to help get the fire knocked down.

“It’s still burning. It was way beyond our means to put it out last night,” Ellis said Monday.

The caliche pit full of tires is located on private property and Ellis said they do not yet know what caused it.

“We haven’t even been able to get down in the pit where it started because it’s so hot you can’t get down in that pit. The rubber just stays hot and it will adhere to your boots and the bunker gear,” he said.

Ellis said he did not have an estimate on the number of tires that burned in the pit, but “it was a bunch.” Numerous media outlets reported it was more than 100,000 tires.

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