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May 25, 2022

Large blaze consumes hundreds of bundles at recycling plant

A fire at the Eagle Recycling plant on Hollister’s west side
consumed hundreds of bundles at the site and continued burning
strong for more than an hour, but crews had it smoldering and
largely contained as of 6:30 p.m.
A fire at the Eagle Recycling plant on Hollister’s west side destroyed a commercial building and consumed hundreds of cardboard bundles at the site. It continued burning strong for more than an hour, but crews had it smoldering and largely contained as of 6:30 p.m.

The fire’s smoke was visible miles from the 2400 San Juan Road site, near the city’s wastewater plant. So were the Calfire airplanes that dropped retardant on the recycling center, a rare sight that close to an urban area.

The fire, with an unknown cause at this point, started shortly before 5 p.m. and shot flames about 50 feet into the sky. Hundreds of bundles, all of it appearing to be cardboard, burned as crews battled the blaze. More than an hour into it, many of the clusters of recycling material outside the building there had remained on fire. Calfire reported in a press statement that upon arrival shortly after the report came in at 5:10 p.m., about three-quarters of the commercial building on site had been consumed.

One Hollister resident reported to the Free Lance that ash and paper had fallen on her home’s deck. That home, though, is about four miles from the fire. The resident, Ruth Erickson, lives on Albright Drive between Sunset Drive and Sunnyslope Road.

Erickson said the charred pieces of paper on her deck were about an inch and a half long.

“I thought, ‘Ahh, this has got to be some kind of paper fire,'” said Erickson, who noted how it “stinks” from the fire where she lives.

Multiple agencies were helping, including the Hollister Fire Department and Gilroy Fire Department.

Calfire also reported the following were involved: the Aromas Tri-County Fire Protection District, South Santa Clara County and North County, Marina Fire Department, Monterey County Regional, Seaside Fire Department and the Salinas Fire Department.

There were a total of 15 engines on scene. Calfire responded with two chief officers, a bulldozer, an air tactical observation unit, two air tankers, and one helicopter with a helitack crew. There were a total of about 75 firefighters fighting the blaze, according to the Calfire statement.

The California Highway Patrol rerouted traffic near the site of the fire.

Look back for more and to see photos from the scene.

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