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Riverton cools down

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Fire Brigade Corporal Wayon Henry works at extinguishing the blaze at the Riverton City landfill on Saturday. The fire started Friday night and burned all day Saturday. Firefighters from the Trench Town, York Park and Rollington Town stations fought to contain the blaze. - Photo by Brian Carless

Executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Joan Gordon-Webley, yesterday told The Gleaner/Power 106 newsroom that the fire and smoke nuisance at the Riverton landfill in Kingston should be under control before the city wakes up to start its workweek today.

The fire, which started last Friday, clouded neighbourhoods close by and major thoroughfares.

Gordon-Webley, however, said the smoke, which has become a regular occurrence, would soon dissipate.

"We have all our equipment working and we will continue to pull cover material and the fire department is still with us," she said. "We are just cooling down, but it still gives a certain amount of smoke and we are confident tomorrow a majority of the smoke will be gone."

She added: "There is no blaze but we still have to do what we call cooling down."