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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Air quality deemed safe in Minot following large fire

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Officials from the North Dakota Department of Health said Friday that they have found no issues with the air quality in the area of a fire at Earth Recycling Inc. in northwest Minot. The department continues to monitor the air and other environmental impacts in the area, and has detected no chemicals in the air.

The First District Health Unit issued a health advisory today, recommending the following precautions:

  • Anyone in the area with respiratory ailments, such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema, should stay inside, close their windows, and shut off their furnaces or air conditioners until the smoky haze clears.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of respiratory distress should seek medical care immediately.
  • Anyone who is concerned about the smoke may choose to stay inside or temporarily leave the area.

Small pieces of ash and soot in the air that can be breathed into the lungs are the main health concerns connected to the fire at this time. For more information, contact Jim Heckman, Director of Environmental Health at First District Health Unit, at 852-1376.

The Minot Rural Fire Department is in charge of the scene and has received assistance from multiple other departments, including Burlington, Surrey, Carpio, and Minot Air Force Base.

The Minot Fire Department continues to actively monitor the scene and remains available to assist with other potential calls in the Rural Fire Department’s jurisdiction if necessary.

The fire started Thursday morning at 3005 4th Ave. NW, near the interchange of Fourth Avenue Northwest and the U.S. Highway 83 West Bypass. Roads in the area have reopened, but speed limits have been temporarily reduced. Motorists should use caution if driving through the area, as there are still firefighters on the scene, along with trucks and other equipment.

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