Able Contracting Fire Update 10-17-2019

* Thursday, October 17, 2019 
This page will be updated as information becomes available.  

Latest Update

The pile was smoking quite a bit this morning and water was used to cool it down before taking it off site. There has been less smoke this afternoon and less water has been used on the pile. Operations have been running smoothly with 20 trucks taking material off site.

Able 10-17-19

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 10/15 4,447
Total Tons through 10/15 36,793
Total Trucks on 10/16 134
Total Tons on 10/16 1,263
Trucks as of 3:00 PM 10/17 105
Tons as of 3:00 PM 10/17 943

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 Friday, October 18, 2019:

Air quality monitoring data in the local area of the fire continues to show particulate concentrations in the "Good" range. If fire flare-ups do occur, a northeasterly wind will likely move smoke plumes towards the southwest through midday Friday. Winds should slowly shift around and become easterly Friday afternoon, pushing any plumes towards the west later in the day. 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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This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.


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