A major fire has flared up at the waste site in Pockwood Pond, Tortola and authorities are working feverishly to “fully extinguish the smouldering fire and secure the site”.
The fire was reported at the location around 9pm Friday night, August 24.
Authorities have reportedly contained the blaze but the site continues to heavily emit smoke, the Department of Waste Management said.
“Access to the hillside sections of the facility will remain restricted until further notice, and residents are urged to strictly adhere to the directions given by workers when disposing of waste on the site,” the department said in a media update on Saturday.
“Persons with respiratory illnesses, particularly asthma are advised to leave areas affected by smoke until it subsides,” it added.
This is at least the third major fire to affect a local dump in recent months.
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