Illinois environmental officials say cleanup is on schedule after a massive fire in June at a tire recycling facility in the eastern Illinois community of Hoopeston (HOOPS'-tuhn). Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Andrew Mason says about half the site has been cleared. The June 19 fire was sparked by static electricity and eventually engulfed the 400,000-square-foot brick facility. Heavy, black smoke was seen for miles and more than 100 firefighters from Illinois and Indiana battled the flames at the 10-acre site. Mason says the entire cleanup effort should be finished within six to eight weeks. He says previous concerns about contamination from runoff have been alleviated. Hoopeston is about 40 miles northeast of Champaign, near the Indiana state line.
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