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Smoke quantity, density dropping as sand smothers New Brunswick tire fire

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WATCH: New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization is reporting progress on work to smother a tire fire in the village of Minto, N.B. Megan Yamoah brings us that story – Dec 26, 2019

New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization is reporting progress on work to smother a tire fire in the village of Minto.

In an email Thursday, spokesman Geoffrey Downey says about 2,300 loads of sand have been dumped to date at the TRACC recycling facility.

The fire broke out at the facility last Friday night.

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Downey says there are no estimates on when the sand operation will be finished, but he says it should be within days and won’t take a week.

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He says smoke quantity and density continue to drop at the tire storage area, which covers about one hectare of land.

However, air and water advisories remain in effect.

The provincial Health Department issued a water-quality advisory on Monday, telling citizens on the industrial park’s water system to cease using water until further notice.

People in the Minto area who are on well water were also advised to monitor their water for any change in odour or colour.

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The initial firefighting effort involved up to 21 different fire departments from around the province.

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At its height, the blaze created a plume of smoke visible from Fredericton – about 50 kilometres away.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 26, 2019.