Tire Fire At North Tulsa Landfill Continues To Burn

Monday, July 2nd 2012, 8:32 pm
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Fire Department says a lightning strike may have ignited a pile of old tires in a landfill near U.S. Highway 169 and 46th Street North Monday evening.

Firefighters got the call just before 6:45 p.m.

From our SKYCAM network, huge billows of black smoke could be seen pouring from the landfill late Monday evening.  News On 6 received calls of people seeing and smelling the smoke from as far away as Collinsville.

Tulsa Fire says firefighters strung out a quarter mile of fire hose in order to reach the flames and so far, have used over a thousand gallons of foam to try and smother the fire.

They are using foam and water in an effort to limit hydrocarbon emissions. 
The pile of tires was said to be several stories tall when it initially started to burn.
Crews have piled dirt around the fire in order to contain the fire. 

Tulsa Fire had crews manning the fire scene all night and firefighters are still at the landfill Tuesday.
The Red Cross says it has volunteers at the landfill, providing hydrating beverages and other items for the firefighters manning the fire scene.