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Riverton fire should be extinguished by tomorrow - ODPEM

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 7:36 PM
Fire fighters at the Riverton City disposal site yesterday.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is seeking to reassure residents that significant progress has been made in putting out the fire at the Riverton City disposal site in St Andrew.

The fire has been burning for some ten days and ODPEM has given an assurance that it should be extinguished by tomorrow.

In a statement today, Director General of ODPEM Clive Davis said continuous monitoring and coordination of resources were being undertaken to ensure progress in its efforts to extinguish remaining hotspots at the disposal site.

And ODPEM says it was aware of reports from members of the public of lingering smoke cover in Portmore and parts of Kingston and St Andrew.

However, Davis cautioned that based on the depth, size and magnitude of the fire, some smoke could still be evident even after the fire has been extinguished.

In addition, he says the Jamaica Fire Brigade is contending with menacing changes in wind speed and directions which influences the movement and concentration of the smoke.