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Crews battle fire at Vernon County landfill

VIROQUA, Wis. (WXOW) – Fire crews worked to extinguish a fire at the Vernon County landfill early Tuesday morning.

The initial call came in around 1:34 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames spewing from a pile of garbage, according to Chad Buros, 2nd Assistant Chief for the Viroqua Fire Dept.

It took about an hour to get the fire under control.

The portion of the landfill in flames had a lot of building material, which likely ignited the fire, Buros said.

"A lot of times it's something that someone's thrown away that's a combustible material and it ignites over time – gets good wind in it,” Buros said. “Dry materials, building materials — it takes off in the right conditions."

Battling a fire in a landfill comes with it's challenges, he added.

“The main fact, that you have a lot of hazards. There's a lot of metal, a lot of nails, lot of broken glass. This portion of the landfill there's a lot of building materials,” Buros said.

Firefighters from Viroqua, Westby, and Readstown helped extinguish the fire. Around 4:30 a.m., crews started to bring in sand to suppress the smoke.

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