Massive Fire at Flordia Recycling Plant

It took 28 hours to contain a massive fire that burned through several piles of mulch, wood debris and tree logs at a recycling facility in Parkland on April 16.

The fire appeared to be smoldering for some time before it was reported at 4:43 p.m. 

Firefighters faced a number of challenges, including the lack of a municipal water supply, communications interoperability between agencies on mutual aid and the need for a large number of resources.

In total, 100 firefighters using 25 units poured more than 5 million gallons of water on the fire by hoselines, ground and air monitors and helicopter.

Mutual aid called from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue, Margate Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, Tamarac Fire Rescue and the Florida Division of Forestry.