The Atlanta illustrator notified the city of the dumping problem, which led to thousands of tires littering the land, weeks before the fire.
He said workers came and hauled away some from the property, which is in DeKalb County but owned by Atlanta. But only a pile of dirt was left to block entrance for the next load of tires.
Soon someone drove over the barrier and kept on dumping.
Police haven’t determined who’s been doing the dumping.
A tire fire burned in the Old Atlanta Prison Farm in mid-July.
Peery, who visits regularly, said it seemed like “an organized operation.”
“Who else could arrange to have this done in a pretty public place along Key Road where (police are) up and down all day?”
The city also removed 124 tons of other debris from the site, which is a favored spot by television and film crews.
Also known as the Honor Farm, the site began operations around 1918 and was closed in 1995. Since then, many have been taken by the landscape.
“It’s beautiful,” Peery said. “It’s just blighted.”
The city of Atlanta owns the old Atlanta prison farm where the fire started, but the site is not secure with a fence, gate or locks.