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  • The Jamaica Fire Brigade team in conjunction with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and other responders including ODPEM continues to work diligently to bring the fire which started on 11 March 2015 at the Riverton City Disposal Site under control.
  • Several heavy duty equipment including five (5) front end loaders, seven (7) D9 / D10, tractors and forty nine (49) tipper trucks are being utilized to cover the smoldering mass in order to prevent the resurgence of the blaze.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade team in conjunction with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and other responders including ODPEM continues to work diligently to bring the fire which started on 11 March 2015 at the Riverton City Disposal Site under control.

Several heavy duty equipment including five (5) front end loaders, seven (7) D9 / D10, tractors and forty nine (49) tipper trucks are being utilized to cover the smoldering mass in order to prevent the resurgence of the blaze. A fire has recently developed since afternoon and all three JFB units have been directed to respond to that flamed area.

The Meteorological Office of Jamaica has indicated there is westward wind flow in the Corporate Areas coming from the southwest at 5 knots. At around 5 pm- 6 pm the wind direction is expected to shift from the north west and increase to 5-10 knots. The smoldering activities may be hampered by the change in wind direction as well the visibility to continue smothering activities.

The correlation and subsequent availability of tipper trucks to deliver the material which can be easily spread because of the number of available tractors remains a challenge. Activities continue to be concentrated in the north eastern to southeastern section to the disposal site.

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