Able Contracting Fire Update 08-25-2019

* Sunday, August 25, 2019  
This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available. 

Latest Update

The primary incident objectives continue to be fighting the fire, minimizing impact to public health and evaluating potential environmental impacts.  

If you drive in the area, please be aware of the increased truck traffic.


Total Trucks through 8/24 405
Total Tons through 8/24 3,935
Trucks as of 3:00 PM 8/25 56
Tons as of 3:00 PM 8/25 450

Please note: The number of trucks leaving the site each day varies depending on the weather and firefighting activities. Also, the tons per truck are estimated on days when landfill receipts are not available at the time of this update.

Air Quality Focus at Okatie Elementary School

EPA along with their contractors, the U.S. Coast Guard and DHEC conducted air monitoring operations inside and outside Okatie Elementary School during today’s operations. There were no detections of any chemicals of concern. Utilizing three agencies provided a duplicative and redundant approach to air monitoring activities to help increase the confidence in the findings.

DHEC’s air sensor continues to indicate good outdoor air quality at the school.

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Management of Run-off Water

EPA continues to put significant effort into collecting and disposing of run-off water being generated on-site. Today, additional collection areas have been constructed and are being used to capture run-off water.

Outdoor Air Monitoring

EPA and DHEC continue to conduct air monitoring activities around the clock.

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Smoke forecast for Monday, August 26, 2019:

Light wind from the northeast should persist overnight through at least mid-morning on Monday, which should move the Able fire smoke plume generally toward the southwest during that time. Overnight smoke trapping will remain rather minimal, but light wind speeds may allow smoke concentrations to increase slightly during the overnight to early morning period. During that period, there is a possibility of smoke to the southwest of the Able facility, between Schinger Avenue and Argent Blvd., mainly north of the Sun City and Argent Lakes Subdivision. After mid-morning on Monday, ample vertical mixing should disperse the smoke plume. Please note that locations closest to the Able Contracting Recycling facility along Schinger Avenue are more likely to experience smoke at any given time.

The Able Contracting Information Hotline  has been established to provide the daily forecast and allow community members to leave messages if they have additional questions. The Smoke Forecast Hotline phone number is 803-898-4262 or 1-800‐204-1842.  

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