EPA: Underground Fires Continuing at NE Ohio Dump

BOLIVAR, Ohio (AP) - A federal environmental official says underground fires that have burned for several years at one of Ohio's largest landfills are continuing to spread.

Paul Ruesch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says newly installed probes at the Countywide Recycling & Disposal Facility show that underground temperatures in some areas of the dump exceed 250 degrees, more than expected.

The engineer on Friday told commissioners who oversee the Stark County dump that the readings indicate fires aren't slowing and are moving toward the landfill's northwest section.

Officials have been installing a clay-and-synthetic cap as part of an effort to stop the fires.

Nearby residents have complained since 1999 about smells, underground fires and structural problems at the landfill.