HEALTH ALERT: Message to residents near the tire fire in Midway Ranches

SOURCE: MGN

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A health alert was sent out Monday night in El Paso County for those living close to a large tire fire burning.

Due to changing weather conditions, the El Paso County Office of Emergency Management sent out the notice to residents within about a half-mile radius of the ongoing tire fire in the Midway Ranches area to consider leaving the area if they begin to experience health impacts.

The organization is asking residents to be aware of health impacts such as nose or throat irritation or if they have underlying cardiovascular conditions that may be aggravated by smoke.

A wall constructed from hundreds of old tires, rocks and dirt continued to burn Monday night. Each old tire typically contains the equivalent of three to four quarts of motor oil and these are typically among the most difficult fires to extinguish. County officials are consulting with experts from the Environmental Protection Agency to minimize environmental impacts as they work to extinguish the smoldering tires.

There will be no classes Tuesday at Prairie Heights Elementary School to allow a thorough inspection of the building for possible smoke impacts. School officials are hoping to have an update Tuesday afternoon.

Classes are running as normal for the Junior-High School.

For El Paso County Public Health information about safely returning to your home or neighborhood after a fire click here.