Updates on Fire at Waste-to-Energy Facility in Lorton

Updated photo of Covanta facility on Feb. 7.

Updated Feb. 14, 5:15 p.m.

The fire has been extinguished.


Updated Feb. 14, 11:45 a.m.

A list of frequently asked questions has been posted on the Energy Resource Recovery Facility page.


Updated Feb. 6, 4:20 p.m.

The fire has not yet been completely extinguished, however environmental monitoring is in progress by an independent testing company. There are still no identified threats to air or water quality as a result of the fire.

Smoke and other particulate matter can sometimes cause breathing problems for people with heart and lung disease and other sensitive groups like children and the elderly. Members of these groups who reside in the immediate area should limit time spent outdoors if they have any concerns.


Updated Feb. 6, 8:55 a.m.

The customer areas at the I-95 landfill complex are open again.


Updated 4:11 p.m.

From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality: there is no concern regarding air quality at the fire as it is ordinary household trash that is burning.


Updated 2:27 p.m.

The customer lot at the I-95 landfill complex is closed until further notice due to the fire. The I-66 Transfer Station located at 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax provides the same services.


Original Post

A fire at Covanta’s waste-to-energy facility in Lorton is under control after a fire broke out Thursday night. While the fire will take days to extinguish, there are no threats to air quality or expected disruptions to county trash and recycling collection.

All employees were able to safely exit the building last night. At this time, there are no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Fire investigators have determined that the fire originated on the tipping floor of the building and extended to the holding pit which was filled to capacity. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire Chief Richard Bowers said his team has planned for multiple staffing periods over the next few days so firefighters can safely extinguish the fire.

Watch a news briefing held this morning for more details:


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