VIDEO: Crews responded to a large fire burning at a tire recycling facility in rural Weld County on Wednesday evening.
According to the Platteville Gilcrest Fire Protection District, the fire started shortly before 5:30 p.m. near County Roads 26 and 41. The location is northeast of Fort Lupton and southeast of Platteville.
The incident started as an equipment fire and spread to nearby tires.
Seven piles of tires spread across two acres are burning.
“Fire crews are using heavy equipment to move dirt around to build berms for containment and using surrounding dirt to help fight the fire,” PGFPD said in a press release. “Onscene command staff are using strategies that proved successful in the 1987 fire at this same location for containment.”
PGFPD requested the assistance of an air tanker.
At 10:15 p.m., the fire was contained, PGFPD said.
Fort Lupton Fire Protection District Crews are also at the scene.
“This will be a prolonged incident,” FLFPD said.
In all, 12 agencies have responded to the fire.