Smoke Advisory Issued After Fire at Ontario Recycling Facility

Firefighters worked to clean up a smoldering fire Saturday at an Ontario waste recycling facility that has released so much smoke that air quality officials issued an advisory.

Ontario International Airport fire crews battle the fast-moving fire at a recycling center. (Credit: Irfan Khan /Los Angeles Times)

Ontario International Airport fire crews battle the fast-moving fire at a recycling center. (Credit: Irfan Khan /Los Angeles Times)

The blaze destroyed several structures on the property and sent an enormous black column of smoke into the sky when it broke out Friday night, feeding on mounds of tightly bound bales of trash, according to Capt. John Sitar of the Ontario Fire Department.

It took about 80 firefighters and nearly 20 trucks, many from neighboring agencies, to contain the fire, Sitar said.

Flames also took down electric lines and knocked out power to some surrounding businesses and homes. About 200 residents were forced to evacuate, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for Friday night and Saturday morning.

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