Able Contracting Fire Update 09-18-2019

* Wednesday, September 18, 2019 
This page will be updated as information becomes available.  

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Conditions at the site this morning were overcast with cooler temperatures. There was a fair amount of smoke and steam coming from the area of active excavation. However, the smoke/steam was well managed with the application of water. Midday periods of rain occurred likely causing some impact to transport times for trucks to and from the landfill.

All three DHEC sensors, including the ones located at Okatie Elementary School and Sun City, are currently in the “Good” range for the 24-hour averages. 

Please refer to the interactive DHEC map to access real time air quality information from all three DHEC sensors.

Total Trucks through 9/16 1,394
Total Tons through 9/16 12,548
Total Trucks on 9/17 112
Total Tons on 9/17 930
Trucks as of 3:00 PM 9/18 68
Tons as of 3:00 PM 9/18 643

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.

Smoke forecast for Thursday, September 19, 2019:

Little (if any) noticeable smoke has been observed from the Able Contracting facility over the last couple of days, and air quality monitoring data in the local area of the fire has shown particulate concentrations in the good range. If fire flare-ups do occur, a northeasterly wind through Thursday will likely move smoke plumes towards the southwest. Any noticeable smoke during the overnight and early morning period will likely dissipate by the late morning hours. However, given the latest trends in fire activity and continued fire suppression efforts, smoke is not expected to be a problem beyond locations closest to the Able Contracting facility along Schinger Avenue.

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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