Jeremy's Notebook

Landfill Fire ‘Smoldering’

January 25, 2013

Escambia County is still working the Cove Landfill fire. While the health advisory issued is still in effect, progress is reportedly being made.

“Made good progress today,” relayed county PIO Kelly Cooke this afternoon. “most of the vegetation has been capped, there are still a few spots that are smoldering.”

County crews, along with the property owner, will continue working the landfill fire through the weekend. They’ve been dealing with the incident for nearly a week.

The landfill is located near Pine Meadow Elementary School. Children in portable classrooms were relocated to the main building earlier in the week to address air-quality concerns.

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  • jeeperman January 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    If the fire goes deep, it could smolder for years.

  • jeeperman January 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    The area burning is owned by:
    NIT MANAGEMENT INC
    Mail: 1828 DEW VALLEY DR
    CARROLLTON, TX 75010
    The road frontage and building are owned by Rapid Management.
    Both owe property taxes of around $10k for 2010, 2011 & 2012.
    That tells me they are going to pull a Saufley Field landfill scheme and walk away from this site and all responsibilities.
    The county, state and feds were unable to force the owners/operators of Saufley landfill to pay or fix anything.
    That has set a precedent and notified all other landfill owner/operators that they can do the same also and walk away scott free.