Environment, Local

Fulton County Landfill Continues To Burn After 5 Months

Local firefighters haven't been able to put out the fire at the Fulton County landfill, and the state is now stepping in to help. On “All Things Considered,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ben Brasch spoke with WABE's Molly Samuel about the underground fire.
Local firefighters haven't been able to put out the fire at the Fulton County landfill, and the state is now stepping in to help. On “All Things Considered,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ben Brasch spoke with WABE's Molly Samuel about the underground fire.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

A landfill in Fulton County has been burning for more than five months. The smoke is affecting residents, businesses and schools in the city of South Fulton. Local firefighters haven’t been able to put out the underground fire, and the state is now stepping in to help.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ben Brasch has been covering the story, and he spoke with WABE’s Molly Samuel on “All Things Considered.”

He describes “curls of smoke coming out of these mountains of trash,” going into nearby neighborhoods. Though air tests did not find long-term health effects from the smoke, in the short term, it can cause nausea, make it hard to breathe and irritate people’s eyes and throats.

The owner of the landfill has not cooperated with authorities and has been arrested multiple times.