Stubborn fire flares up at Redmond recycling facility

REDMOND, Wash. -- At least 66 firefighters from Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville, Eastside Fire, Kirkland and Seattle are battling a stubborn fire at a wood recycling facility in Redmond Wednesday evening.

Reports say the fire began at All Wood Recycling in a large pile of wood debris. Stumps, trees and other foliage from land clearing projects make up the pile that stands 70-feet tall and is more than 100-feet wide.

The fire is contained to the debris pile, according to firefighters.

Machinery crews from All Wood Recycling are helping firefighters dismantle the smoldering debris pile, and will continue applying water to the pile until fully extinguished.

Fire crews hope the pile will be completely extinguished within twenty-four hours, but say because of the pile's size, it may take longer.

The fire was originally reported around 11:30 a.m. at the plant, and crews thought they had it under control. Later in the day, it flared up again, sending a large smoke column that was visible for miles.

No roads are closed at this time, and no injuries have been reported. The cause of fire is undetermined but "appears to be a result of heat and the large pile of wood decomposing and igniting itself," police said Wednesday night.