The George Town landfill, also known as Mount Trashmore
The George Town landfill is estimated to be 90 feet high. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Cayman Islands Fire Service and the Department of Environmental Health are currently working on the site of small surface landfill fire that is extinguished but still presenting little smoke.

GIS spokesperson said that after CIFS and DEH discovered the fire the morning of Saturday, 29 Feb. the area was dug down five feet and wetting of the area continues.

The Fire Service received the call to the landfill fire at 6:50 am Saturday morning and arrived at the surface fire area by 7:02 am.

Teams are still working to tackle, what GIS said, seems to be a more deep seated fire that is giving off minimal smoke, which presents “no threat to the public.”

CIFS and DEH have set up water monitors and are damping the area down.

The landfill will be closed to traffic until further notice as a Government Information Services spokesperson said.

The 24-hour drop off at the landfill gate continues to be open as normal. GIS advises that people only come to the landfill to use the drop off if it is absolutely necessary.

The crews continue to work through the night on the landfill fire and officials are hoping for a quick resolve according to GIS.

Updates will be provided when more information becomes available.


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