At about 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Hay River Fire Department responded to a fire call at the local dump.
Black smoke could be seen from across town as it carried the smell of burning garbage towards the residential areas.
According to Captain Vince McKay, the official cause of the fire is still uncertain, although sources believe that the burn pit may have swelled out of control.
Firefighters were at the Hay River Dump overnight trying to put out the fire, and the department was still loading up fire trucks as of 6:15 p.m. on Monday.
“It’s still going,” said McKay. “It’s contained, but we are still fighting.”
He predicted that crew rotations would continue throughout the night in hopes of extinguishing the fire by Tuesday.
This is the second fire in nine months at the dump. During the summer, it was believed to be spontaneous combustion that started the blaze, and it took firefighters just over 16 hours and several water bombers to extinguish it.