Able Contracting Fire Update 10-03-2019

* Thursday, October 3, 2019 
This page will be updated as information becomes available.  

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This morning, prior to activities beginning, only small plumes of smoke were visible. Once excavation was underway, significant quantities of smoke/steam began emerging. However, water application was used all day to successfully control and reduce smoke discharge. An additional pit was dug late yesterday on the western side of the pile and has been helpful today in containing run off.  

Red & Yellow Excavators remobing debris from large pile

All DHEC sensors are still reading in the “Good” range for the 24-hour average comparison to the Air Quality Index (AQI).

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

Total Trucks through 10/1 3,069*
Total Tons through 10/1 25,666*
Total Trucks on 10/2 132
Total Tons on 10/2 1,094
Trucks as of 3:00 PM 10/3 93
Tons as of 3:00 PM 10/3 730

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.

*Cumulative counts corrected for material moved August 31 and not recorded prior to Hurricane Dorian shutdown.

Smoke forecast for Friday, October 4, 2019:

Air quality monitoring data in the local area of the fire continues to show particulate concentrations in the "Good" range. Any noticeable smoke during the overnight and early morning hours will likely dissipate by the late morning hours. If fire flare-ups do occur, a light southwesterly wind will likely move any smoke plumes towards the northeast through Friday morning, then shift in direction from the southeast and move any smoke plumes northwestward. 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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