Crews battle blaze started from trash fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Crews battle blaze started from trash fire

Black smoke continued to billow into the sky Tuesday night from burning thousands of tires. Black smoke continued to billow into the sky Tuesday night from burning thousands of tires.

(WMC-TV) - Trucks from the volunteer fire departments were fighting a fire all day in hot temperatures Tuesday.

It started from a trash fire. Black smoke continued to billow into the sky Tuesday night from thousands of burning tires.

Investigators say it started as a grass fire and then spread to a ravine about 20- to 30-feet deep. Firefighters were required to go into the smoke.

Another problem is there is no water in the area, so trucks have to travel a mile or so in order to get it. The heat is also a challenging factor.

"[We are] keeping everybody hydrated, plenty of water," said Mickey Materna Quito with Drummonds Fire Department. "We got the ambulance unit on the other side of the truck [to] help assist in their rehab if they get too hot or dehydrated."

A fire chief said that two firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion, but they cooled off and went back fighting the fire.

Firefighters say they could be there overnight because the thousands of tires in the ravine will burn for a long time.

Two years ago another tire fire nearby burned for three days. The tires are illegally dumped.

The fire is now contained.

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