Firefighters on Monday morning quickly extinguished a smoldering pile of toxic methamphetamine lab waste dumped in an orchard near Westley.
Environmental crews were set to begin cleanup Monday afternoon of the discarded chemicals, which included six cylinders of acid gas, 50 one-gallon containers of solvent, as many as 1,000 pounds of contaminated kitty litter used to absorb the liquid during the manufacturing process and 200 pounds of other trash, said Sonya Harrigfeld, the county’s director environmental resources.
Westley and El Solyo firefighters responded to the blaze around 8 a.m. and put out the fire within 20 minutes.
No arrests had been made as of Monday afternoon.
A sheriff’s official said meth lab dumps are fairly common - they happen about once a week around Stanislaus County.