Habersham County landfill has small brush fire

Habersham County firefighter sprays water on a "hotspot" from the brush fire Wednesday morning at the landfill. (Rob Moore/Habersham County)

The Habersham County landfill had a small brush fire just before lunch Wednesday morning. According to a press release issued by Habersham County PIO Rob Moore, landfill personnel notified dispatch of the fire at 11:25 a.m.

The blaze was located in the southwest corner of the landfill near the water reclamation facility and across from the recycling center near the front entrance of the landfill. The fire burned about an acre of land.

According to landfill personnel, an equipment operator was operating a bush hog when the blades struck a rock, causing sparks that ignited the dry grass and pine needles on the bank they were cutting. There was a slight breeze this morning that caused the fire to spread quickly before staff could put the fire out.

The small brush fire at the landfill was caused by sparks from a bush hog blade striking a rock and igniting the grass and pine needles in the area, according to landfill staff. (Jerry Neace/NowHabersham.com)

The fire occurred approximately a quarter mile from the MSW cells. At no time was there any danger of the fire spreading to that area of the landfill. No buildings or equipment were affected by the fire. There were no injuries reported.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about 45 minutes to ensure the fire didn’t reignite.

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