Fire at Anguilla Landfill For Sixth Time in Less Than 12 Months

Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)
June file photo shows smoke billowing from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill. (Source file photo)

An active fire at the Anguilla Landfill was reported Friday at 11:04 p.m., according to a release from the Waste Management Authority.

The fire is located on the east corner of the Landfill. V.I. Fire Service and Waste Management contractors and personnel are working to bring it under control. The Waste Management Authority advises the public and all haulers that landfill operations have been temporarily suspended. Haulers are asked to hold waste until normal operating hours resume.

This is at least the sixth fire at the St. Croix landfill in the past 12 months. Smoke from a fire in January impacted St. Croix’s airport. There was a fire in October of 2019.  A fire on July 7, 2019, burned for several days.

Smoke from a March 2018 fire at the Anguilla Landfill caused a smokey day on St Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)
Smoke from a March 2018 fire at the Anguilla Landfill caused a smokey day on St Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

On July 2, 2019, Waste Management reported that a fire that began burning June 30 in the scrap metal area had been contained and was smoldering, but under control.

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The agency announced on June 25, 2018, that a fire that had been burning since June 17 had finally been controlled. That nine-week fire caused extensive damage.

There have been a number of fires at the landfill over the years. It caught fire three times in 2018.

There was a fire at Anguilla in 2012. And a fire burned for many years at the dump until extinguished in 2009 at a cost of more than $3.9 million.

In 2008, Waste Management officials said that fire had been burning underground since around 1966 or 1967.  Other, separate fires were reported at times during the intervening years.

Under the terms of a nine-year-old settlement agreement, Anguilla was supposed to close on Sept. 30, 2018. VIWMA plans to open a new landfill in nearby Estate Pearl.

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