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Tire Fire

(before 2003)

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Lightning struck early in the morning. It started a fire in a huge pile of tires. The fire is near a big city in California.

Firefighters say it could take more than a year to put the fire all the way out. Another tire fire started a year ago. It is still burning.

An agency of the government is in charge of waste. It makes rules about keeping old tires. It tries to make sure people obey the rules.

The agency is angry at the man who owns the tires. It has told him many times to get rid of them. He has not done it.

Right now the smoke from the fire does not hurt people's health. Firefighters are using bulldozers to clear the ground around the fire. They do not want it to get bigger.

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