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Fire Services, VIWMA Working To Bring Anguilla Landfill Fire Under Control

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) said this morning there is an active fire in the mulch section at the entrance of the Anguilla Landfill.

The fire ignited today at about 3 a.m., according to VIWMA.

The Virgin Islands Fire Service, VIWMA contractors and staff are working expeditiously to bring the fire under control.

The VIWMA will provide updates on any changes that may affect the public and haulers from utilizing the Solid Waste Facility.

“It is recommended that residents with respiratory disorders/conditions shelter in place to minimize exposure to smoke as wind directions change,” VIWMA said in a prepared statement.

The Authority said it “will continue to provide updates regarding changes that may affect public health and the environment.”

The VIWMA Preserving Paradise team said that it “apologizes for the inconvenience and would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation.”

Anguilla landfill last caught on fire on September 26.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at (340) 513-4171 or email

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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