WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Fire crews from Sedgwick County Fire District 1 (SCFD1) and the Wichita Fire Department have been able to fully extinguish the fire at Evergreen Recycle in north Wichita after it broke on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 update:

Firefighters are finally able to leave the scene for good as the fire and its hot spots have been brought fully under control.

Friday, Nov. 4 update:

SCFD1 continues to treat and watch hot spots at Evergreen.

“This incident response is continuing because this is a deep seeded fire into the pile. To date, there has been no fire or damage beyond where the fire started,” said SCFD1. “The rain has helped with today’s efforts, but SCFD1 is continuing to hit hot pockets of burning material that is creating flame-ups and considerable smoke. Evergreen Company is assisting with moving debris and spreading the burning debris out which makes it easier to extinguish. Although the smoke is heavy on the property, by the time it reaches 53rd street it has reduced to a haze. It is expected that this work will continue through the evening hours and into the night.”

The operation has been scaled back considerably since earlier in the week. A crew of 4-5 will remain on the scene overnight and will evaluate the process again in the morning.

Thursday, Nov. 3 update:

SCFD1 continues to treat and watch hot spots at Evergreen.

“Since the previous update, SCFD1 continues to be the only fire crew on the scene. Today and into the overnight hours, SCFD1 is aggressively working on the largest pile of burning debris to try to saturate the outer layers and prevent ember spread from wind gusts during the forecasted storm. SCFD1 is in contact with the local National Weather Service office and will adjust its strategy if conditions change,” said SCFD1.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 update:

SCFD1 is continuing to monitor and treat hot spots at Evergreen.

“To date, there has been no fire or damage beyond where the fire started,” said SCFD1. “There have not been any issues of fire spread or blowing embers.”

The fire district believes the fire conditions will not change throughout the evening, and the local National Weather Service office will change the strategy if conditions adjust.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 update:

Sedgwick County District 1 Fire Chief Doug Williams says that crews have dumped more than a million gallons of water on the fire since it ignited Saturday night.

The fire is still going, but Williams says that the fire is contained and that the wetting down process is helping the fire from spreading. Luckily, they have not had any issues with the wind blowing embers.

“Tomorrow we’re seeing that maybe slightly windier, but we’re also seeing that the humidity will be higher, and which will help maybe offset that wind, but right now today since we haven’t experienced any problems, we’re having faith that tomorrow will go through without any issues either,” said Williams.

Williams says that they have a surveillance video from the company and the business to the north to try and help figure out how this fire started. Right now, they do not see it as suspicious.

Squads are stationed at nearby homes and businesses to stay on top of anything that may happen in those areas and to ensure the community feels protected.

Crews expect to be working for at least the next few days until the fire is fully out.

Monday, Oct. 31 – 10 p.m. update:

More than a full day after it started, the fire is still burning.

The fire is fully contained, but there is concern that it could quickly change with the wind expected to pick up Tuesday and switch directions.

“We believe when wind hits, it’s going to flare it all back up and intensify when the wind hits it tomorrow, which is pretty standard anytime you get a fire like this, that has deep, deep smoldering debris, anytime you have wind it’s going to flare up and increase that intensity,” said Williams. “They’re supposed to go into more of a fire danger index for grassland tomorrow which also creates a problem with these embers spreading off of here when the wind comes up.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Williams says that the recycling center was inspected not too long ago and was up to the current fire code. He also says that there were no hazardous materials included in what is burning.

People who live in the area will be on guard over the next few days and on the lookout for any signs that the fire is growing.

Monday, Oct. 31 – 4:30 p.m. update:

Williams says they have contained the spread of the fire, but with the upcoming change in wind direction, the fire danger index increases.

“Everything being done right now is totally focused on getting ready for the wind switch tomorrow morning,” Williams said. “We’ve moved all of our aerial trucks to the north end, getting ready to combat that when the wind switches tomorrow morning.”

Williams said that Evergreen Recycling has also been helping.

“The Evergreen Company here has also been assisting by moving some of their pallets and some of their product on the north end there. They’re moving it further away and to the west to get away from that southwest wind,” said Williams.

Sunday, Oct. 30 update:

The fire broke out Sunday night just before 8 p.m. in the 300 block of W. 53rd Street North. The fire was clearly visible on KSN’s SkyView camera.

The Wichita Fire Department said a large mass of wood products was burning and that thousands of gallons have been dumped on the fire.

Crews are still working to get the fire under control due to the depth of the materials involved.

The Wichita Fire Department said residents can expect a smoke odor and visible smoke in the area until the fire is determined to be under control by fire crews. The smoke coming from the fire will be similar to a campfire.

Crews will be monitoring the weather to ensure that embers remain around the vicinity of the fire scene.

Due to the fire’s size, the Wichita Fire Department says it will “persist for an undetermined amount of time.”

The Salvation Army South Central Area Command’s Emergency Disaster Services teams are providing hydration and food support for firefighters.