Update: Fire fighters remain at landfill fire site

The Cayman Islands Fire Service urges the public to follow safety guidelines when it comes to bonfires following an increase in reports.

Officers from the Cayman Islands Fire Service remained at the site of a fire that has been burning for three days at the George Town landfill on Monday afternoon.

According to the Fire Service, its crews were continuing to work with Department of Environmental Health staff to extinguish the deep-seated fire.

“Cautious excavation using mechanical diggers with continued damping down from CIFS monitors is preventing escalation and keeping any smoke to [a] minimum,” a Fire Service spokesperson said in a statement.

“Our crews will continue to work throughout the day and re-evaluate this evening [Monday] using thermal camera imagery,” the spokesperson said.

The fire was initially reported at 6:50am on Saturday.

The landfill was closed to traffic over the weekend, although the drop-off point at the landfill gate remained open as normal. The landfill fully reopened at 7am Monday.

In its statement, the Fire Service said, “Whilst this type of fire is always challenging and operations protracted, in this case, early notification and a quick intervention has prevented any rapid escalation and minimized any detrimental impact on surrounding residents and business.”

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