Iqaluit residents relieved to hear dump fire will be put out
An end is in sight for people who say they've had sore throats and been stuck inside
Many Iqaluit residents say they're relieved to hear plans to put out Iqaluit's dump fire are going ahead.
Firefighters are now preparing and gathering equipment. If all goes according to plan, they could begin work in about a week and a half. Fire Chief Luc Grandmaison says it will take a minimum or 20 days to put out the fire, meaning it could be gone before the end of September.
Resident Wendy Lee says it's about time crews put the fire out. She's tired of all the delays and sick of having a sore throat.
"I have a new grandson and every time we happen to plan a family day out, we're unable to go out because it's so smoky. I don't want to bring my grandson into this. I get headaches. It's not a very pleasurable thing to go through."
Lee says she's also glad the city is being left with the bill.
"Recycle. Start it. It's costing the municipality money because they haven't been managing things right," says Lee.
Rocking her baby carriage, Charlotte Lamontagne says she's been taking every chance to walk around town this summer, but the clear days have been few and far between.
"With a newborn we just don't go outside as much if it's smoky outside. We just end up staying inside and it's been such great weather this summer. It sucks being inside when it's smoky."
Even visiting firefighters are talking about the smoke. Kugaaruk's Glen Sutherland is here competing in a skills challenge.
"In our firefighting practices, yeah, it bothers us a bit but we're used to it."
The city's fire chief says he can't promise when firefighters will finish putting out the fire or how much the plan will eventually cost the city.