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UPDATE: Riverton dump continues to blaze

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 3:24 PM
Smoke billows across the plains of St Catherine and even up to the hillside community of Plantation Heights Wednesday evening as a fire raged at the Riverton City dump. Massive fires have ravaged the dump in the past, the last one in 2014 affecting 15 acres of land.

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People with respiratory problems are being urged to take precaution in light of the smoke from the Riverton City Dump, which is currently blanketing sections of the Corporate Area.

A section of the dump has been on fire since yesterday afternoon.

And the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) which operates the dump, has not been able to say when the fire will be extinguished.

Meanwhile, director of the Met Service, Jeffrey Spooner, says he expects the smoke across the Corporate Area to clear this afternoon.

The NSWMA has blamed fire fighters for the fire not being controlled sooner.

Director of Operations at the NSWMA, Percival Stewart, says the fire started out small but subsequently ballooned as a result of strong winds and the tardiness of fire personnel, among other factors.

Stewart says there is no threat to life or property.

Meanwhile, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says it is monitoring the situation and its National and Parish response mechanisms remain on standby.