09/16/2014 12:04 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:53 EDT

Iqaluit Dump Fire Has Now Been Extinguished


After nearly 4 months and numerous health advisories, the Iqaluit dump fire has been extinguished. 

"We have been able to reach the permafrost level underneath the entire pile that was burning," says Mike Noblett who has been managing the site through Global Forensics. 

Noblett says temperature gauges show there is no longer any smouldering garbage. 

Crews are now packing down the garbage that was soaked with hoses and they will re-stack it into a safer pile. 

But Noblett says that won't be the end of his work.  He will now train people at the dump to properly sort out combustible materials.

Iqaluit fire officials say the pile reached temperatures of 500 degrees Celsius when it was burning, and Noblett says crews will have to monitor the temperature of all of the piles at the dump for the next 6 months to ensure that another fire does not begin again. 

Noblett says every Iqaluit resident can play a part in making sure there isn't another fire. 

"If you're taking stuff to the dump, make sure that you tell people what you do have," Noblett says. "That part is really important because they do have to make sure that they get some of that stuff out and away from the dump, so we're not putting the wrong stuff in the dump."

Noblett says people who work at the dump are already being told what materials should not go into the landfill, including mattresses, tires, batteries, large pieces of steel and glass.