Firefighters contained a massive recycling yard fire Tuesday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
At about 11:32 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to Friedman Recycling, a 90-000 square-foot facility that process waste collected from residential customer, local media report. The fire broke out in a huge quantity of baled material stored outdoors.
At the height of the fire, 20 units of Albuquerque Fire Rescue and the Bernalillo County Fire Department were on scene. Aircraft emergency crash trucks equipped with foam were provided by Kirtland Air Force Base.
All workers were safely evacuated from Friedman with no injuries reported. Fire officials warned that smoke and fine particulate matter may present health issues for some.
“Please avoid the area if possible due to road closures,” The AFR Facebook page states.
Friedman Recycling was the location of a similar fire in June 2019 after bales of recycled materials caught fire.
Opened in 2012, Friedman processes and estimated 120,000 tons of waste annually.