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Anguilla Fire Controlled; Landfill Remains Closed

Fires that broke out at the Anguilla landfill on Wednesday are under control and the transfer station will reopen Friday, according to the V.I. Waste Management Authority.

A series of fires broke out throughout the day Wednesday and were fought into the night. (See Related Link below). By Thursday afternoon, most of the affected area was under control, but an isolated area reignited. The southeast corner of the landfill continued to smoke Thursday as the area is covered with soil, foam and water to suppress the fire.

VIWMA officials said in a statement that the V.I. Fire Service has been instrumental in keeping this situation contained, along with foam from the V.I. Port Authority, and soil and water brought in by VIWMA’s contractors, Marco and A9 Enterprises, and VIWMA staff.

The St. Croix Transfer Station will resume normal operations Friday at 6 a.m. The Anguilla landfill will remain close and there will be no acceptance of construction and demolition debris at this time. The scrap metal section of the landfill will also remain closed until further notice.

As the smoke continues to dissipate, residents who reside west of the landfill are asked to continue to take precautionary measures if they suffer from compromised immune or respiratory systems by keeping their windows closed and remaining indoors.

The airport is currently not being affected and remains open.

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