A massive tire fire continues to burn in West Odessa, Texas. Firefighters have found it nearly impossible to quell the fire, which began when 100,000 tires reportedly caught fire on Sunday.
According to NewsWest9, the fire was contained by 8 p.m. on Monday. Although contained, firefighters are still targeting hotspots at the location. There have been no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is still unknown.
The severity of the fire along with the toxic pollutants it’s emitting has prompted officials to call the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for help.
This drone footage shows the severity of the blaze.
The closest fire hydrant is reportedly four miles away from the site of the blaze. West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief, Jimmy Ellis, told OA Online that the lack of fire hydrants and firefighters were causing them to lose the battle.
He said firefighters were bringing their trucks to the fire, using all of their resources and then heading back to refill their supply. Each time they returned, the fire grew larger than before.
“We haven’t been able to get down in the pit where it started because it’s so hot,” Ellis said. “The rubber just stays hot and it will adhere to your boots and the bunker gear.”
Tire fires are very dangerous because of the toxic pollutants they emit. Inhaling the smoke can produce numerous negative effects on one’s health. Local residents were told to keep all doors and windows shut, preventing the possibility of the toxic smoke getting into their homes. The town also closed down highways to keep cars away from the thick smoke traveling in the air.