SHELDON—The Sheldon Fire Co. was paged out at 11:29 a.m. Saturday, July 11, to the city tree dump at 3110 Monroe Ave. for the tree pile on fire.
On arrival, firefighters found the west side of the pile was on fire.
Firefighters controlled the fire as the city employees used a payloader to split the pile in half; however, that did not work due to the large amount of debris in the pile, according to first assistant fire chief Brad Hindt.
He said firefighters then stood by until must of the pile burned down.
The Sheldon Fire Co. eventually called the Sanborn Fire Department for a tanker truck to haul water.
Twenty-one firefighters were on seen and used 25,000 gallons of water.
Firefighters were back in service at 4:30 p.m.
The tree pile still is on fire and may be that way for several days and has been closed until further notice.
City manager Sam Kooiker asked residents to please not dump the branches in front of the gate and to not dump them at the leaf dump in Hills Park.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience,” Kooiker said. “The tree dump will be reopened as soon as possible.”
Hindt said the cause of the tree dump fire is unknown.