Able Contracting Fire Update 11-18-2019

* Monday, November 18, 2019 
This page will be updated as information becomes available.  

Latest Update

DHEC is continuing firefighting and debris removal activities at the Able Contracting site. No material was removed on Friday or Saturday due to heavy rainfall.

Able 11-18-2019

We have received an increasing number of reports of odors from the site. The increase in noticeable odors is likely due to calmer winds, cooler temperatures, and more moisture, which keep odors in a smaller area and closer to the ground. As weather conditions change, the odors may be reduced or may 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 11/14 7,947
Total Tons through 11/14 69,770
Total Trucks on 11/15 - 11/17 0*
Total Tons on 11/15 - 11/17 0*
Trucks as of 3:00 PM 11/18 121
Tons as of 3:00 PM 11/18 1,513

* Due to weather and wet, muddy conditions, no material was moved offsite on Friday, November 15 or Saturday, November 16. The landfill is closed on Sundays, so no material was moved off site on Sunday, November 17. 

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 Tuesday, November 19, 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 westerly wind will likely move smoke plumes towards the east throughout the day Tuesday. 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.

Reminder: 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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