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Residents near recycling fire in N. Toledo ok to go outside

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A fire at a North Toledo recycling facility has been burning for over 12 hours. It’s happening at the Stickney Recycling Center on Creekside near Stickney.

The recommendation for sheltering in place has been lifted. However, if you have a respiratory or health concern, contact with smoke still should be avoided. Conditions at the landfill have improved overnight but firefighters expect the fire will continue to burn for at least a week.

Air monitoring around the site does not show any concerns relative to health issues and has actually shown the hazard directly over the landfill has significantly decreased. Air monitoring will continue around the sit in the coming days and weeks.

Over the next few days, there will be digging into the landfill that may cause flare up of flames, smoke, and steam when water is placed on
that area.

A pile of recycling caught fire. We're told the fire department has been getting calls all day about the smell.

The Lucas County Health Department, along with several other agencies, are working together on the situation. The fire is generating a lot of smoke from construction and demolition debris.

Health officials say the smoke is similar to a structure fire, and there is no immediate public health concern.

Officials from the health department, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio EPA and the Toledo Fire & Rescue Dept. held a news conference about the fire Friday afternoon.

Health department and EPA representatives say that they are asking people in the area to avoid breathing the smoke.  The plume of smoke is remaining over the landfill area closest to the fire.




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