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Firefighters hope to have landfill fire extinguished in the next 24 hours

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Firefighters continue to work on a landfill fire on Tucson’s Southeast Side.

Crews have been working “nonstop” since 3 a.m. Sunday to extinguish the green-waste landfill fire near East Drexel and South Houghton roads, according to a news release from the Tucson Fire Department.

“Significant progress has been made on the fire in the last 24 hours however the fire continues to smolder with flare ups from time to time as the wind shifts,” according to the release. 

The area burning is about the size of two football fields with debris piles 8-10 feet deep, officials said. It’s burning and smoldering deep in the tunnels of the debris pile and areas firefighters are unable to reach it. 

Heavy equipment has been brought in to expose the hidden areas. 

Firefighters hope to have the blaze extinguished in the next 24 hours.

The landfill's owner released the following statement Monday morning via Facebook:

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