McPherson firefighters battle blaze at landfill

MCPHERSON, Kan. (KWCH) Update Thursday night, April 25, 2019

The McPherson Fire Department says no firefighters were injured early Thursday morning in response to a large fire at a landfill in the community in the 1400 block of Pueblo Road,

"Crews immediately responded to the location, however their response was slowed due t dense fog conditions," the McPherson Fire Department says. "The initial arriving crews reported heavy smoke and fire conditions from an area the size of two football fields within this landfill."

The Lindsborg Fire Department, Lindsborg EMS, Marquette Fire Department, Galva Fire Department, and Canton Fire Department provided mutual aid assistance.

"Assistance was also requested from the American Red Cross," the McPherson Fire Department says.

The fire department says crews had the fire under control a little after 7 a.m. Thursday, about three hours after the initial call.

"The operation was then focused on overhauling the fire, which was extremely deep seated in the bales of trash," the McPherson Fire Department says. "McPherson Area Sold Waste Utility used heavy machinery to move the bales for extinguishment."

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Multiple fire departments are responding to a fire early Thursday morning at the landfill north of McPherson.

Dispatchers say the fire was reported shortly before 4 a.m. in the 1400 mile of Pueblo Rd.
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Firefighters tweeted that water is being shuttled from Eisenhower school to the landfill.

Officials say drivers can expect to see tanker trucks traveling on old highway 81 with water to fight the fire.

Eyewitness News has reached out to dispatchers for information on how the fire started. Stay tuned for updates on the KWCH 12 website and app.