TVF&R Firefighters remained on scene of the Minter Bridge Rd scrap wood fire through the night and early part of today. The fire was contained to the scrap piles previously reported on. The wood piles have begun to be slowly torn apart to allow hot spots to be exposed and extinguished if possible. Firefighters will be transitioning fire watch to the ownership company today who will continue to monitor the area throughout the weekend.
These wood piles still contain hidden wood and remain hot. As crews work to dismantle the areas, neighbors should expect to see smoke at times through the weekend, but should not be to the degree we saw during the fire last night.
Investigators scoured the areas this morning, but were unable to find any outside cause to the fire. However, they are confident it began in the ‘hog fuel’ pile, also known as wood chips and bark. The wind then ultimately pushed embers to the scrap wood area, causing its ignition. There were no indications this fire is suspicious in nature and is not considered to be. Loss of revenue from the piles, operations, and damage to the front loader is estimated to be around $200,000.