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Large compost fire burns near landfill

A large compost fire was burning at Maui EKO Systems on Sunday night, though no homes were threatened and no road closures were expected, according to a fire official.

At 5:48 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were called to Maui EKO Systems near the Central Maui Landfill to help extinguish a large compost fire, Assistant Chief Val Martin said. Engine 10 from Kahului, Hazmat 10, two MFD tankers and a tanker from the county Public Works Department responded. A loader assisted by breaking up the pile.

No homes or property were threatened as of 7:40 p.m., and no roads were expected to be closed, Martin said. However, the fire was creating large amounts of smoke.

Martin said that compost fires are difficult to extinguish, and that heavy equipment was being used to break up the pile. There was no timeline for when the fire might be extinguished.

Maui EKO Systems uses green waste and biosolids to make compost.