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.
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.
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.
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.