The fire at the Carson City Landfill off Flint Road seemed to erupt out of nowhere. The fire spread quickly, mainly from the center of the trash pile…outward. A CC Fire-Rescue crew read the wind direction and positioned themselves on a hill above the fire and rained a lot of water down onto the burning trash. Another engine carrying primarily water attacked the fire from the southwest and proceeded to drown the fire further.
It was yet another in a sequence of fires over recent years that have kept firefighters busy. Spontaneous combustion used to be a top fire starter but today fire investigators say that disposed rechargeable batteries – especially discarded high-output lithium ion batteries – are more and more the cause of the fires.
Firefighters ask all Carson City residents to please dispose worn-out lithium-ion batteries the right way. Find a battery recycling facility and leave them there so they can be properly handled. Otherwise we’re going to see more and more of these “from out of nowhere” fires erupt at the Carson City Landfill and at other locations where the batteries can cause “thermal mischief” resulting in rather large bonfires.