That fire at the city dump continued to smoulder Wednesday afternoon, although it was considered contained. Chris Ward, the city’s GM of utilities says the two large wood piles that burned are away from the main sorting plant, so normal business operations were continuing.
“We are not going into the area where the fire is, so we had to divert operations a little, but all material is being received and processed on site.”
The two piles that burned are of wood that was considered uncontaminated. They’re untreated, and not painted, and are used in compost and other processes.
This wasn’t the first fire that occurred at the waste management facility, but it was the biggest. Ward says they’ll take some lessons learned from this and improve operations.
“We continue to make those observation every time,” he said. “For example, we continue to have monitors in place to monitor the temperature of all of the piles of waste to make sure we aren’t getting hot spots. That’s a practice from the past; we’ll learn something from this fire that we need to adjust our practices in the future as well.”
As a result of the smoke that could be seen blowing across Edmonton, Alberta Health Services issued a precautionary health advisory for the capital region Tuesday.
The fire started just before noon on Tuesday and was burning on a wood pile that was 200 feet by 200 feet. (kb/sj)