Landfill fire updates

Landfill fire timeline

5-25 Landfill fire imageThe Rice County landfill, located off of Hwy. 3 in Bridgewater Township, experienced a fire in the evening hours of Monday, May 22.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but with assistance from state and local agencies, work is ongoing to mitigate any and all issues within the county’s control.


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Press releases

Wednesday, June 7 -- County sets public meeting to discuss May 22 landfill fire
Thursday, June 1 -- Landfill fire area covered with soil; facility reopened to general public
Tuesday, May 30 -- County landfill reopens as work on fire-affected area continues
Thursday, May 25 (3 p.m.) -- New webpage includes information, updates on county landfill fire
Thursday, May 25 (7:30 a.m.) - Landfill closed to non-licensed haulers Thursday, May 25, 2023
Wednesday, May 24 -- May 24 update on county landfill fire
Tuesday, May 23 -- Update on Rice County landfill fire
Monday, May 22 -- Landfill fire being monitored, measures taken to prevent spread

From KYMN radio:

Tuesday, May 23 -- Fire burning in Rice County Public Landfill

Public meeting

Flier announcing public meeting on landfill fire
6-13-23 Presentation for public meeting on 5-22-23 landfill fire