Monday, April 30, 2012

Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) activation due to SE fire

Update: April 30, 8:15 p.m.

The City of Calgary, along with multiple agency partners, continue to monitor and attend to the fire incident at 3415 Ogden Road SE.

The Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Environment, Customer Service & Communications, Roads, Calgary Police Services, Infrastructure Information Services, Alberta Health Services, Water, as well as building owners and contractors continue to work together to resolve the situation. It is anticipated that this will be a multi-day event.

Air monitoring results to date have confirmed that air quality does not currently pose a risk to health; however, some individuals may experience irritation, particularly of the nose, eyes and throat, as a result of fire odours. Information on precautions that can be taken is available on the Alberta Health Services website.

The City, in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Alberta Health Services, will continue to assess air monitoring results to ensure there is no risk to the public.

Partial road closures will continue to be in effect on Ogden Road SE to facilitate fire vehicles as they continue to monitor and attend to the situation. It is anticipated the partial closure will remain in effect, including throughout Tuesday morning’s commute, so The City encourages drivers to plan their route accordingly.

Update: April 30, 11 a.m.

Resources have been secured to assist with a 24 hour operation to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Materials on site are being divided into “hot” and “cold” piles. Soil and clay have been brought in to cap the burning materials. Exceptional progress has been made and currently, there is only slight smoke visible.

The Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Environment, Customer Service & Communications, Roads, Calgary Police Services, Infrastructure Information Services, Alberta Health Services (Medical Officer of Health), Water, as well as building owners and contractors continue to work together to resolve the situation.

At this time, this is predicted to be a multi-day event.

Update: April 30, 8 a.m.

Due to the nature of the incident at Calgary Metal Recycling on Ogden Road S.E. the Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Environment and Alberta Health Services have been actively monitoring air quality in and around the incident site.

At this time, air quality is considered to be acceptable and there are no immediate concerns for public safety; however, there are odors present in and around the area due to the smouldering burn.

Air quality will continued to be monitored and assessed.

April 29, 11 p.m.

At 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 the Municipal Emergency Plan was activated in response to a fire at a metal recycling facility in the 3400 block of Ogden Rd SE.

Due to the nature of the fire and the materials burning, air quality testing and monitoring are being conducted to determine air quality levels in the immediate area. The material burning consists of scrap auto-parts, rubber and plastics. There is no immediate concern for area residents and toxicity levels in the air are negligible.

The Calgary Fire Department is in command and is being supported by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency on scene.

Ogden Road SE is reduced to two lanes between Bonny Brook Road SE and 34 Ave SE. This reduction in lanes will last at least through Monday.

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