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Rapid City Landfill Fire Almost Contained



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A yard waste fire that has been burning for a week at the Rapid City landfill is nearly contained.


Officials say the blaze should be fully out by the end of the week.


When the blaze broke out on May 16, firefighters said they would let it burn itself out, a process that could take as long as two weeks.


But City Solid Waste Superintendent Karl Merbach says officials have gained control of the fire and will extinguish it earlier.

 

Officials don't know for sure how the fire started but think combustion might have played a role.


The fire area was about the size of 1 ½ football fields, and the blaze produced heavy smoke.

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