Tree And Debris Drop-Off Site Burns

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Fire crews from Omaha and Carter Lake have a long night ahead of them. They responded to a large fire in an area of Omaha that is used as a tree branch drop-off site -- 11th and Locust.

It began around 8pm Wednesday night.

Firefighters had a tough job getting inside the perimeter. Tons and tons of trees and branches and other debris appear to cover most of the acres.

Burning embers could be seen from the nearby road starting other brush piles on fire. Firefighters did what they could to keep the fire from spreading.

A bulldozer was brought in to help contain the fire and push dirt into the fire zone.

The city of Omaha owns the property.

Omaha Police searched the area to see if anyone had been inside and started the fire. No one was found.

With wind from the north, smoke had made its way into downtown Omaha by 10pm.

This is the site which opens several times a year so people can drop-off tree branches and other debris along with old Christmas trees.

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