British Columbia

Firefighters respond to landfill fire near Chilliwack

A landfill fire outside Chilliwack, B.C., is sending smoke up into the air in part of the Fraser Valley.
A private landfill on the Skway reserve caught fire 2:04

A fire burning at a dump located on First Nations land outside Chilliwack, B.C., sent thick plumes of smoke into the sky early Sunday morning.

Officials from the City of Chilliwack said that the fire at the landfill at Shxwhá:y Village, also known as the Skway First Nations reserve, was reported to authorities at around 3 a.m. PT Sunday.

The city told residents living nearby to try to stay indoors, and to close their windows.

"Smoke and smell may disturb residents," the city tweeted Sunday morning at 9:14 a.m. PT.

When firefighters arrived, they found that the fire had taken over a three-storey-high mound that spanned roughly half a hectare.

A fire in a section of the Skway First Nations' landfill outside Chilliwack was reported to Chilliwack firefighters Sunday morning at 3 a.m. PT. (CBC)

Since the landfill has no fire hydrants, fire teams had to take turns driving out to the streets to pump water into their trucks to bring back to the fire.

About 20 members from the Chilliwack Fire Department were on site Sunday, officials said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

With files from the CBC's Justine Ma