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Another fire burns at Torres Martinez dump


Another fire is flaring at an illegal dump on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California.

The dump is on individual Indian land. The tribe and the federal government have had trouble asserting authority over the site, although the Environmental Protection Agency and a federal judge recently ordered its closure.

The fire is burning near a mobile home park located on another allotted property. Local officials were worried that they might have to evacuate the park but the residents didn't appear to be worried.

Get the Story:
Dump fire puts nearby residents on alert (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 11/28)

Relevant Links:
Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians - http://www.torresmartinez.org

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Board allocates funds for Torres Martinez dump (11/16)
Torres Martinez Reservation dump on Superfund list (10/20)
Underground fire on Torres Martinez Reservation (09/14)
Judge closes dump on Torres Martinez Reservation (08/09)
Editorial: Little help for tribes with illegal dumps (12/19)
Illegal dumping a big problem on reservation (12/13)
Fire burns for a week on Torres Martinez Reservation (04/11)
California tribe to use EPA grant to monitor water (02/02)
Calif. tribe gives members bottled water (02/11)
Church ordered to remove tent from reservation (10/05)
Judge asked to shut down reservation dump site (7/24)
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Waste dump on reservation told to stop burning (05/08)