Fire Burning at Tire Recycling Plant Near Ronan

Firefighters used foam in an attempt to beat back the blaze

By Dillon Tabish

POLSON — A fire burning at a tire recycling plant near Ronan sent plumes of thick black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

KERR-AM reports firefighters used foam in an attempt to beat back the blaze that was burning in a pile of tires estimated to be the size of a football field.

The fire at the Tire Depot was reported at 5:43 a.m. Friday. The Tire Depot is the same recycling center where a blaze burned unchecked in 2001 until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assumed management.

Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary says this fire is not as large as the last one. He says the EPA has been called again, and agency officials are on their way.

It is not immediately clear what caused the fire.

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