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ODPEM says smoke conditions from Riverton fire improving

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 12:58 PM
A pedal cyclist wears a dust mask for protection against the smog emanating from the ongoing fire at the Riverton Citydump as he traveled along the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 yesterday.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting a gradual improvement in smoke conditions at the Riverton City fire.

Smoke from the fire at the dump has been covering large sections of the Corporate Area since last Wednesday when the fire started.

A statement this morning from ODPEM, did not give any indication as to when the fire may be extinguished.

However, it said the improved conditions come as the Jamaica Fire Brigade applies a consistent flow of cover material to the fire.

ODPEM says the improved situation is expected to continue.

And it says a large section of the area that was on fire has either been extinguished or contained.

But it is warning that the smoke cover across the Kingston Metropolitan Region will continue to be experienced at different levels as the wind changes direction or speed.

Meanwhile, ODPEM says while unauthorised persons have been restricted from entering the dump, the facility remains open for regular operations as the section of the site that collects daily waste is accessible.