Smoke continued to emanate from the George Town landfill Thursday, eventually making its way to South Sound following a change in the prevailing winds.
The Cayman Islands Fire Service and the Department of Environmental Health continued excavating, damping down and capping operations at the landfill Thursday, according to a Government Information Services statement.
Crews were in South Sound, the statement said, to observe smoke in the area following a change in wind direction overnight.
The conditions were clear with no visible smoke on Thursday morning.
“Residents in the local vicinity are reminded that some amount of smoke may linger in the area. As such, residents should continue to make their own assessments of their area and act accordingly,” the statement said.
Crews, according to the statement, were working “to bring the incident to a safe and prompt conclusion”.
The landfill has been on fire since Sunday after a deep-seated fire escalated into an inferno.
While the flames have been doused, there is still smoke being generated from the charred areas.
“Crews are shifting their focus away from the top mound of the site where the fire has been contained towards a lower section of the landfill requiring attention. As such, intermittent smoke plumes are expected from the site as crews excavate and douse the area. Overall smoke levels generated from the site have reduced considerably since the fire began on Sunday, 8 March,” the statement said.
Residents in Lakeside Apartments and Watlers Drive have returned to their homes, but smoke is still affecting the area.
The fire service is advising residents to keep windows, doors and air conditioning vents closed as a precaution and limit the amount of time spent outside in the smoke. People with asthma should carry their inhaler.
“Residents in the local vicinity are reminded that some amount of smoke may linger in the area. As such, residents should continue to make their own assessments of their area and act accordingly,” the statement added.
The Esterley Tibbetts Highway remains open; however, fire services said “motorists travelling through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed”.