In the early morning hours, a part of the Drumheller Landfill erupted into flames.

The tipping face, or the area at which garbage is dumped, in the landfill was the section that caught on fire.  Reports from yesterday evening, October 29, also had white plumes of smoke coming up from the ground at the tipping face.

Town officials have released a media statement and have commented on the status of the landfill fire.

"It's under control at the moment and it is virtually out but of course we are still going to monitor it," explained Drumheller's Communications Officer, Julia Fielding. "The cause is under investigation."

Drumheller Fire and Rescue will be handling the investigation into what caused the burn but for now, crews are focusing on making sure that the fire doesn't start up again.controlledfire (2)The state of the landfill fire at 8:30 A.M. October 30.

"If people have respiratory issues we would ask that they seek out medical advice," said Fielding about the smoke fallout from the landfill. "You can always go to the hospital if you're feeling sick. We want to make sure that everyone stays healthy."

CAO for the Town of Drumheller, Darryl Drohomerski was present during Drumheller Fire and Rescue's relief efforts saying that crews are trying to smother it.

"When you want to fight a landfill fire, generally what you try to do because there are so many dissimilar materials in there, the best way to fight it is to remove the oxygen source from it," commented Drohomerski. "So you want to be able to put dirt on top of the fire as opposed to putting water on top of it."

For now, the fire is being managed by fire crews and it sounds like the fire will remain under control.

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