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Compost fire closes 2 Maui landfills

Published On: Jun 03 2013 10:58:45 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 03 2013 12:30:05 PM HST

County of Maui

PUUNENE, Hawaii -

Maui County firefighters are on the scene at the Central Maui Landfill - Refuse & Recycling Center, where a blaze at the EKO Compost site has closed down operations Monday, and possibly Tuesday, according to Maui County officials.

The Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center was also closed on Monday, and possibly on Tuesday.

All of Maui's normally scheduled trash pick-up routes, with the exception of Hana, will be delayed until Tuesday.

This also means that Tuesday's usual trash-pick up routes will be pushed back until Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.

Residents and businesses will also not be able to drop refuse or recycling materials off at the landfills as it is closed to the public due to the unsafe conditions from the fire and smoke.  The closures include the Central Maui Landfill, the Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center, the EKO Composting site and Pacific Biodiesel, according to Maui County officials.

The fire was first reported at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and initially involved about two acres of compost material.

Maui County firefighters responded and were assisted by county public works water tanker and bulldozer crews, along with state airport firefighters.

Because of the thick smoke at the scene, fire officials were unable to assess the damage at the site.  A damage estimate is expected later on Monday.

Further updates about the fire and landfill operations will be posted on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.

Click here to see photos from the scene.

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