City of Iqaluit declares dump fire out
Fire that started Monday evening has been extinguished but area remains closed
The Iqaluit dump fire that started Monday evening has been extinguished, according to the City of Iqaluit.
"The fire at the West 40 landfill staging area has been extinguished. The area remains closed to the public," stated a tweet sent from the official City of Iqaluit account.
The fire was in the dump's "staging area," where metal and materials are gathered to ship south out of the community.
A shout out to everyone who assisted in containing and extinguishing the West 40 fire!—@CityofIqaluit
Crews, including volunteer firefighters, arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the fire started and worked all night, according to Stephane Dionne, Iqaluit's deputy fire chief.
Firefighters used heavy machinery to separate the burning debris and keep it from spreading.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iqaluit?src=hash">#iqaluit</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fire?src=hash">#fire</a> still smouldering. White smoke not black. <a href="https://t.co/TbyPZ76rTo">pic.twitter.com/TbyPZ76rTo</a>—@kjcoud
It's not clear what caused the fire, which sent plumes of smoke into the air Monday night.
Public health advisory
The Department of Health issued an air quality alert on Tuesday morning, advising Iqaluit residents to stay indoors and avoid the smoke.
This is the first dump fire in Iqaluit since the summer of 2014, when a "dumpcano" raged for nearly four months, causing numerous health advisories about the smoke hazard.
Trucked services suspended
"Trucked water crews were assisting firefighters all night and that is why regular trucked services are suspended for today," Redfern said.
"[The] City will be able to deliver limited water to those residents who have run out of water or think they will."
Regular trucked water services will resume on Wednesday.