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An early morning lightning strike is likely to blame for a huge fire burning at a tire farm in Westley. That's about twenty miles west of Modesto along Interstate 5.

Firefighters say it could take more than a year before the fire is completely extinguished. They note a similar fire in the summer of 1998 in Tracy is still smoldering.

California's Waste Management Board is blasting Ed Philbin, the owner of the tire farm, for allegedly failing to comply with an order to try to prevent such tire fires. Board members tell News 10 Philbin has repeatedly failed to get rid of the tires as ordered.

Authorities say the smoke is not posing a health threat at this time. Air 10's Power Zoom shows close-up images of firefighters using a bulldozer to clear a break around the fire to keep it from spreading.

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