UPDATE: Firefighters expect smoke from landfill fire to be eliminated today
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The landfill fire burning on Tucson's southeast side should be out Tuesday, officials said.
Andy Skaggs, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said the smoke that has blanketed the Tucson area for days should also be eliminated.
The fire started early Sunday morning at a green waste landfill located at 11330 East Drexel Road.
The size of the landfill made things difficult for firefighters early on.
Skaggs said the fire was about the size of two football fields with debris piles up to 10 feet deep.
"The fire is burning and smoldering deep in the tunnels of the debris pile, areas firefighters cannot get to," Skaggs said on Monday. "Heavy equipment was brought to turn up and expose these hidden areas."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
According to a Google Maps search, the landfill is The Fairfax Companies' Drexel Land Reclamation Facility.
The TFD said the landfill consists of brush and tree trimmings. No structures were threatened and there have been no reported injuries.
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