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Illegal dumps dot national forest with tires, refrigerators

first_imgIf he can prove it, they can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to six months. “We found wine bottles, porn and tires,” crew supervisor Jeff Frimel said after hauling the first 50 tires out of a 75-foot-deep ravine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dumping is large-scale and can include everything from dozens of paint cans to junked refrigerators. Televisions, computer monitors and tires, which are now subject to stringent regulations and additional disposal fees, have particularly increased. Edgar and investigator Chris George spend their days trying to track down dumpers and haul them to federal court. This week, cleanup crews filled industrial-size trash bins with assorted garbage including 111 tires picked up from the same dry wash. Edgar figures two or three tire shops or truck stops may be responsible. SAN BERNARDINO – Trucks are illegally dumping an increasing amount of trash in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. “It happens all over the forest: Lytle Creek to Idyllwild,” said David Edgar, the forest’s hazardous-materials specialist. “It’s so prevalent, I can take you out on any forest road and find a dump site.” Illegal dumping has been a problem in the forest for decades but has dramatically increased in recent years. Mounting fees at public dumps and recycling centers may be a contributing factor. last_img read more