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September 26, 1999

Tire fire history

      The most serious tire fire in the Traverse City area was the 23-day fire at Carl's Retreading in Grawn, which started Dec. 29, 1995.
      An estimated 250,000-750,000 tires burned, fanning concerns about risks to drinking water, air quality and the ground. Temperatures at the fire's center were at 2,400 degrees. At the time of the blaze, Carl's had accumulated 1.5 million shredded tires and had another 200,000 whole tires on site.
      The worst tire fire to ever to occur in Michigan was April 16, 1997 at a salvage yard in Osceola County. The tire yard held 6 million tires. Residents within a three-mile radius were asked to evacuate their homes. A total of 478 firefighters from 34 departments fought the blaze.
     
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