Firefighters pose for a group photo after the Hagersville tire fire was officially declared out. March 1, 1990. Barry Gray, Hamilton Spectator.

The Hagersville blaze finally sputtered out after 17 days. It cost the province more than $10 million, including $6 million for the clean up, $1.5 million to extinguish the blaze and $743,000 to buy four homes and a farm beside the fire site. Part of the clean up cost was disposal of tonnes of oil that seeped from the tires into groundwater.

See more about the fire:

INFERNO – The day the fire started

BURNING – The fire burned for 17 days

The snow covered fields near Hagersville look tranquil today

From the air two days after the last tire was doused, the Tyre King Tyre Recycling Ltd. site looks like a desolate battleground. Ted Brellisford, The Hamilton Spectator Hagersville tire fire Tyre King Hamilton Historical collection March 2, 1990

From the air two days after the last tire was doused, the Tyre King Tyre Recycling Ltd. site looks like a desolate battleground. Ted Brellisford, Hamilton Spectator

Workmen started today the clean-up of the remaining tires at the Hagersville tire dump. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has approved up to 2 million dollars in funding support for a rubberized asphalt project in the Region of Haldimand-Nolfolk. Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator Hamilton Historical collection Oct. 26, 1990
Workers start removing 50,000 unburned tires that remained after the fire. Some went to a rubberized asphalt project in Haldimand-Norfolk. Spec Archives.
 Cleanup, Feb. 28, 1990   Spec Archives.
Hagersville tire fire site cleanup, Feb. 28, 1990.  Spec Archives.