Hundreds of Firefighters Battle Blaze at Incinerator Plant in Dickerson



Hundreds of firefighters, from every battalion in Montgomery County, have been working for days to extinguish a fire at the Resource Recovery Facility, located at 21204 Martinsburg Road in Dickerson.

The fire began on Dec. 8th in the tipping building, which is the area where trucks drive in to dump the waste and then drive out. Although the fire is contained, Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Pete Piringer said it may take several more days before it is put out.

That means residents may see smoke in the sky.

County officials are advising people in the immediate vicinity of the facility, who are experiencing asthma, chronic lung or heart conditions to minimize exposure by either staying indoors or to avoid the area. If you experience increased symptoms, you should contact your health care provider.

The fire is not impacting single-family residential curbside trash pick-up, however, commercial customers (including for multi-family properties) will temporarily be diverted to other facilities. The Shady Grove Processing and Transfer Station located on Shady Grove Road will continue to be available for resident use.

For more information, residents can visit the Division of Solid Waste Services website or call MC311 by calling 3.1.1 or 240.777.0311.

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