Able Contracting Fire Update 11-15-2019

* Friday, November 15, 2019 
This page will be updated as information becomes available.  

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Today has been rainy and with the temperature in the upper 40’s-50 degrees. There was one chimney this morning that was compacted to stop the smoke. Due to the rain and soaked roads no material was moved offsite today.

DHEC is continuing the firefighting and debris removal activities at the Able Contracting Site. Recently we have heard more concerns about odors from the site. There have not been any significant amounts of smoke from the site and our monitors continue to show reading in the "good" range. The increase in noticeable odors is likely due to calmer winds cooler temperatures more moisture which keep odors in a smaller area and closer to the ground. As weather conditions change, the odors may be reduced or more noticeable close to the site.

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 11/13 7,825
Total Tons through 11/13 68,342
Total Trucks on 11/14 122
Total Tons on 11/14 1,428
Trucks as of 3:00 PM 11/15 0*
Tons as of 3:00 PM 11/15 0*

* Due to weather and wet, muddy conditions, no material was moved offsite on Friday, November 15 and no movement is planned for Saturday, November 16.

The next update will be provided on Monday, November 18.

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.

We’ve used a combination of both triaxle dump trucks and dump trailers. Each dump trailer has the capacity of about three times that of the triaxle dump trucks.

Smoke Forecast for Saturday, November 16 - Monday, November 18, 2019:

Air quality monitor data in the local area of the fire continues to show particulate concentrations in the good range. If fire flare-ups do occur, a northerly wind will likely push smoke plumes to the south both Saturday and Sunday. By Monday morning a westerly wind will likely push smoke plumes to the east. Any noticeable smoke during the overnight and early morning period Monday 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 Recycling 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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