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Tie Lake transfer station reopens after fire

RDEK officials said the Tie Lake transfer station was closed for a few hours today due to multiple fires.

“When we arrived, the tire pile was on fire and it was later discovered that both waste bins were burning as well,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief Michael Hockley.

“Our crews and the contractor did an excellent job of getting the fires extinguished and the tires spread out and cooled down.”

According to RDEK officials Ten firefighters from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments responded to the call with 6 pieces of apparatus, including 2 engines.

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“We would like to remind the public to obey signage and stay away from areas where emergency responders are working,” adds Hockley.

“In spite of having placed barricades at the entrance, several vehicles entered the transfer station during the closure and attempted to dispose of their garbage.”

The cause of the fire in the waste bins are unknown at this time but the fires are believed to be human caused.

The site has fully re-opened.

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