The Bailey Landfill and adjacent recycling centre in Chilliwack is closed today, Sept. 27, due to a fire that started overnight.
The City of Chilliwack announced the closure in the morning, saying that while the fire is out there is still smoke coming from the landfill.
“The Chilliwack Fire Department and landfill operator, Tervita Corporation, responded to the fire overnight and extinguished the flames but smoke is still being generated so additional response measures are being implemented,” they said.
There have not been any injuries in the fire, they said. They did offer an explanation as to what may have happened.
“Landfill fires occur from time to time as heat is generated when organic material breaks down,” their website states. “The landfill operator is following standard fire response procedures to address the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience the closure may cause.”
The closure will not affect curbside pickup, and they will make an announcement when new information is available.