Fairfax County Fire and Rescue battles fire at landfill in Lorton


Firefighters at the scene of the blaze (Credit: Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Dept.)

Update (June 6, 11 a.m.): According to Prince William County Fire & Rescue, units from their department and Fort Belvoir joined Fairfax County firefighters in extinguishing the blaze, which occurred at 9917 Richmond Highway. That facility processes construction debris for recycling and proper disposal.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a large-volume fire around 11 p.m. Monday, June 5 at a landfill located near the 9900 block of Richmond Highway in Lorton. 

According to Public Information Officer Mitchell Clark, the fire is under control as of early Tuesday morning; however, firefighters are expected to remain on the scene for several more hours. Multiple units were dispatched to the scene.

Due to the remote location of the fire, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue had to perform a shuttle operation with tankers, and one lane of northbound Richmond Highway is still reportedly closed in the vicinity for tanker operations. 

Clark said that burning trees and tree trunks at the landfill are causing a large amount of smoke in the area, which can be seen from Richmond Highway and I-95. 

This story will be updated as events unfold. 

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