Fire at LA salvage yard burns for over 24 hours

Fire officials say they're close to putting out a stubborn blaze in a Los Angeles salvage yard that has burned for more than 24 hours.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Erik Scott says crews are using bulldozers Sunday to plow through burning tires and scrap metal that sent up a plume of acrid black smoke in the Wilmington area near the Port of Los Angeles. The smell of burnt rubber and metal could be detected as far away as Carson, ten miles to the north.

Scott says crews expect to have the fire knocked down by Sunday afternoon.

Health officials monitoring the air quality said they do not believe the smoke is hazardous, but urged people who could smell it to stay indoors.

At its peak, the fire was said to be as long as a football field and 20-25 feet high.

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