Recycling Plant Fire in Corning

Cal Fire is responding to a major structure fire at Specialized Fibers in Corning.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 11:25 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2018 2:25 PM

Corning, Calif.-- Firefighters are still working to put out a fire off South Avenue in Corning at Specialized Fibers, a recycling facility.

South Avenue and Kirkwood Road are still closed. Evacuation orders have been lifted.

At one point PG&E cut power to 8,922 residents for the safety of firefighters. Power has been restored to all customers.

Multiple local fire agencies are helping in this effort- Vina, Orland, Bayliss, Red Bluff, Hamilton City, Corning, Cottonwood and Cal Fire.

Cal Fire Captain Gerrad Pasillas says this will take days to let those huge piles of cardboard burn out, but the big concern is that there is a lot of toxic smoke from burning plastic - fortunately there is little wind this morning, so the smoke is travelling up and out, rather than into town.

Pasillas says this is a huge job and it will take at least several days to full put out the deep-burning piles of recyclable matter.

However, they do not expect the fire to spread from the facility.

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