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(St. Croix, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (‘VIWMA” or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team advises the community that as of Friday, January 10, the subterranean landfill fire at the St. Croix Anguilla Landfill is 90 percent extinguished.  There is no active fire currently, however small pockets of smoke continue to escape to the surface. VIWMA staff and contractors continue suppression activities. 


The fire was originally reported at 2:30 am. Sunday, January 05, 2020.


Antonio Stevens, Assistant Director of the Virgin Islands Fire Service, said his fire crews worked tirelessly for 48 hours to contain and extinguish the fire.  “The cause of the fire was  not malicious,” Stevens said.


The Authority is receiving municipal solid waste at the landfill from public bin sites and house to house collections only.  We will inform the public when normal operations are resumed, and continue to provide updates as the situation changes.  Residents with respiratory disorders/conditions should take precautions to minimize their exposure to smoke as wind directions change.


The VIWMA Preserving Paradise team apologizes for the inconvenience and would like to thank the community for their continued patience and cooperation.


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