The fire at the Cox Heath Dump has been contained and will be fully snuffed out over the next few days.
“Fire officials have advised that we expect the core flames to be extinguished within three to five days,” said Deputy Governor David Archer, Jr in a media release late Thursday afternoon.
He said BVI authorities have consulted with the Fire Department in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands about outing the flames.
In the meantime, Governor Augustus Jaspert has activated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) in response to the fire incident which began on Wednesday.
The NEOC is said to be under ‘Level Two’ activation and will remain active until authorities are ‘satisfied that the risks have been significantly reduced’.
According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), a level-two activation from the NEOC relates to ‘a single localized hazard impacting a large area or a number of people’.
“Secondary hazards or spread of impact zone unlikely. The impact will be confined to the affected area. Some disruption of normal routine/life is likely. Primary agency and several others, involved at the scene operating under Incident Command System,” the DDM said.
Local authorities are now visiting with residents living in the vicinity of the dump to monitor and discuss any health concerns relating to the fire.
Deputy Governor Archer said authorities are also discussing ‘future plans’ about the removal of metals and remaining debris from the dump, as well as the subsequent closure of the site.
He said the Ministry of Health and Social Development will lead that initiative.
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