Local dump catches fire – again

A third fire in just under a year torched part of the Hay River Landfill last Tuesday.
According to the Hay River Fire Department, the fire call was received at about 3:30 p.m. and the fire was put out by 5:30 p.m.
According to Chief Trent Atwell, the cause of the blaze is believed to be connected to the previous fire.


“I believe it was remnants of the previous fire,” he said. “They were moving the pile around, and it lit up. We think it was still smoldering in there from the last fire.”
He also said that there is no cause for concern at this time regarding the repeated landfill fires.
The last fire started on March 14 and took the Fire Department two days to extinguish.
It is believed that a burn pit swelled out of control, setting the landfill ablaze.
The town was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.