Firefighter treated for injuries at fire near Burke Co. landfill

Brush fire could take days to burn out
Published: Jul. 29, 2015 at 2:15 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2015 at 2:15 PM EDT
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MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - Crews in Morganton are working a fire at the Burke County landfill and a firefighter is being treated for injuries.

The Chesterfield Fire Department was dispatched to the fire along Duckworth Drive. This is near the John's River Waste Management Facility.

WBTV has learned that brush used to make mulch is burning. Officials say the fire is about an acre wide, right now, with the pile being about 30-feet deep.

The fire is expected to burn for a while. Crews said it could be one or two days before it burns to a level where putting water on it could make a difference.

"Like a giant campfire," one official said.

Chesterfield Fire Chief Harmon confirms one firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion and says he is fine.

Crews are working in shifts around the fire because of the intense heat.

Officials are hoping for some rain but say even that won't put it out right away.

Firefighters have set up a perimeter around the fire so that it won't spread. Though no structures are nearby, crews are concerned about wooded areas and some power lines that are not far away. So far, the fire has been contained in a one-acre area.

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