Fire swept through the Diamond Street Recycling center south of the Boise Airport on Aug. 28, burning through the night and into the early morning hours of Aug. 29.
Boise Weekly profiled the operation
in March, when city officials announced they were looking at a proposal to partner with the facility to provide Boise residents with compost. At the time, Tifani Henderson, of Diamond Street Recycling, described the site as "a non-stop freeway."
"The trucks are lined up before sunrise when we open and at the end of the day, we can barely get the gates closed," she said.
The locally owned facility includes 32 acres of waste—primarily leaves, grass and brush. When BW
visited, a non-stop wood-chipper was manufacturing garden-, cattle- and horse-bedding.
According to the Boise Fire Department, the fire at the recycling center started in a pile of tree branches and quickly spread. Ultimately, 12 acres were scorched.
An easterly wind pushed much of the fire's smoke into the Treasure Valley, already choked by the still-burning Pioneer Fire in the Boise National Forest.
The exact cause of the blaze is still under investigation.