95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
EPA Expects No Lasting Effects From Springfield Fuel Fire
Officials at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency say they expect no lasting environmental effects from a fire at a western Ohio fuel distributing company.
Ohio EPA officials had said the water used to control Thursday’s blaze had caused a runoff of oil and debris to flow into surrounding waterways.
But an EPA spokeswoman tells the Springfield News-Sun there is no indication any oil got below the ground.
Authorities say they believe a spark of static electricity started the blaze at R.D. Holder Oil Co., which supplies fuel, heating oil, and heavy lubricants. They say the fire ignited while a truck was being loaded Thursday morning, and it spread to a warehouse.
More than 50 agencies responded to the scene. The blaze had created thick black smoke and 200-foot flames.