Large brush fire at Armow dump

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A large brush fire caused a brief scare at the Armow dump last week.

The fire started either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning said landfill manager Dave Guse Monday morning.

“We’re not quite sure how it started,” said Guse, “whether some kids got in and set it or there was a hot spot somewhere in the centre.”

Guse said he got a phone call Wednesday morning, and then called the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department. Fire Chief Jamie MacKinnon is away from his office until Thursday and was unavailable for comment.

Guse said that trucks from both Tiverton and Kincardine attended the scene, and quickly brought the situation under control. The landfill was closed until 3 p.m. Wednesday, when the fire was completely extinguished.

The fire started in an area that contained tree stumps. Brush had been added to the pile earlier in the week. Guse said the though the fire was large, it was well away from any equipment at the dump and resulted in no property damage.

Public works crews were working Monday on cleaning up the site. The dump is open under usual hours.