Becker fire continues to rage, with crews set to fight it throughout the night

The fire at Northern Metals Recycling is still well alight more than 18 hours after it broke out.
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The fire that started in the early hours of Tuesday morning is expected to continue throughout the night at a recycling plant in Becker.

The latest update from the Becker Police Department was issued just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, stating that numerous fire departments continue to battle the blaze at Northern Metals Recycling.

The fire started at 2:25 a.m. Tuesday, with flames still well developed by the evening.

It has created a huge plume of smoke that has drifted southeast towards the Twin Cities, where an odor of burning materials could be smelled throughout the day.

Residents nearby have been told to stay indoors or in well ventilated areas, with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Health set to send staff to the scene to ascertain the impact of the fumes from the blaze on air quality and local health.

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Becker PD is urging people not to drive to the area surrounding the fire.

"At this time, firefighters are planning on working throughout the night and are calling in additional resources to help with the fire," a police statement reads.

Here's some video of the fire shared by FOX 9 at dusk on Tuesday.

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