Department responds to mine fire in Cass County
The Land Reclamation Program is working with the landowner to address the fire and reclaim the gob pile. The program is discussing plans about how to extinguish the fire with local fire officials. Plans are also being developed to bury the remaining gob waste after the fire is put out.
The Land Reclamation Program capped underground mine shafts in the same area in 1992. Inspection of the land revealed the markers showing the location of the mine shaft opening had been dozed. As a result, the opening of the mine shaft will need to be relocated.