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Meeting planned to address concerns about NW Shreveport landfill fires

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Flames at Harrelson Materials Management in August, 2011, as seen from I220 in Shreveport. Flames at Harrelson Materials Management in August, 2011, as seen from I220 in Shreveport.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A meeting has been scheduled for Shreveport residents to be briefed about a landfill fire that has been burning for more than four years.

Mayor Cedric Glover is hosting this public meeting at 6 p.m. June 18 at the Southern University Science Lecture Hall to address some neighbors' concerns. The Harrelson Landfill is a private facility located in the 1100 block of Russell Road in far Northwest Shreveport.

The source of the fire is actually 100 feet underground, in what's described as a sub-terrainian blaze. Every so often the fire makes its way to the surface and catches trash on fire in the landfill, said owner Michael Harrelson.

Fire crews have been out to the site multiple times over the past few weeks. Residents around the site said they are tired of the disruptive fires, which give off an unpleasant odor and smoke.

Glover's meeting will also include discussion about litigation updates, permits and the status of the landfill. State environmental officials have been invited to address public concerns.

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