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Landfill fire in the Las Cruces area produces heavy black smoke seen over 30 miles

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A Sunday fire at a landfill in the Las Cruces area created a large cloud of smoke that could be seen up to 30 miles away along Interstate 10 and elsewhere.

The fire burned at the Corralitos Landfill, which is off Interstate 10 about 15 miles west of Las Cruces; it is operated by the South Central Solid Waste Authority in Dona Ana County.

Authorities told an ABC-7 photographer at the scene that old tires were among the main fires responsible for the heavy black smoke.

At around 12.30 p.m., the authorities said the fire was under control. The crews threw dirt on the flames to put them out as the use of water had little effect due to the oil content in the tires.

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