Large tire fire in southeastern Ky. still burning

STEARNS, Ky. (AP) -- A state official says crews have worked overnight fighting a blaze at a recycling facility in southeastern Kentucky where tens of thousands of tires were burning.

Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown said in a statement Thursday morning that the blaze at Kings Tire Recycling in Sterns is 50 percent out and crews expect to extinguish it later in the day. Brown says evacuations of two schools and a daycare were lifted after air monitoring results showed toxic materials were within acceptable levels. He said federal environmental officials continue to monitor the air.

Brown said the company in McCreary County had a history of violations, including a notice issued three weeks ago that said the business had more than 100,000 tires and lacked fire breaks.

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