The Cedar falls Compost Facility set to reopen after a fire forced its temporary closure Monday afternoonk.

In a press release, city officials said public safety and public works crews took immediate action to contain the large fire to an isolated area after it broke out. Due to the initial size and complexity, authorities allowed the fire to burn in order to decrease the intensity of smoldering smoke.

City officials have been monitoring the fire regularly throughout the week, the press release said. As of Thursday, the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

The public will be be able to drop-off yard waste at the site starting midday Friday. Barriers and signage will direct traffic to the unaffected northwest corner of the facility.

According to city officials, the Cedar Falls Compost Site will be open through the weekend with an adjusted schedule. The hours of operation will be:

  • Friday, July 31: Noon to 8 PM
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: 7 AM to 3 PM
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: 7 AM to 3 PM
  • Monday, Aug. 3: 7 AM to 8 PM

The Cedar Falls Compost Facility is located at 156 East Main Street, just across the Cedar River from the parkade. Smoke from this week's fire has drifted into the downtown business district and surrounding residential neighborhoods, causing some concern.

In the press release, city officials said the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been made aware of the situation and that they've consulted with the Black Hawk County Health Department. Residents with respiratory sensitivities are advised to remain indoors until smoke dissipates in the coming days.

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