BRITISH COLUMBIA

City firefighters leaving blaze at landfill in B.C.'s north Okanagan

08/21/2013 10:11 EDT | Updated 10/21/2013 05:12 EDT
VERNON, B.C. - Municipal firefighters are packing up their equipment two days after a blaze broke out at a landfill near the north Okanagan city of Vernon, B.C.

At one point about 50 firefighters battled a six-hectare blaze, which broke out on Monday in grinder machine and spread to garbage, wood chips and a hillside thanks to high winds.

Deputy Chief Jack Blair says such fires take a long time to extinguish because of the material that's burning,

He also says people will be able to see smoke rising from the landfill for several days due to underground fires.

Blair says the regional district has secured a contractor who will continue to soak down the landfill and perform fire-watch duties.

A recycling facility at the landfill suffered about $1 million in damages during a fire in March. (CKIZ)