Minister Dorsett Reports on Extinguishing of Bush Fire and Containment of Landfill Fire
The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing today in the House of Assembly reported that collaborative efforts between multiple government agencies and private partners have resulted in the Sunday morning bush fire being extinguished and the New Providence Landfill fire being contained.
“Through concerted efforts, 18 hour plus shifts and extra manpower, I am happy to report that containing the fire at the New Providence Landfill is resulting in much success,” said Minister Dorsett.
“We have extinguished the bush fire which threatened Jubilee Gardens by using fire trucks and heavy equipment,” he said, “However, the Fire Department remains present and vigilant.”
Minister Dorsett explained that while containment efforts continue at the landfill they have thus far yielded great results “through the use of fire trucks, water from existing wells and new and expanded wells, water trucks, water pumps and hoses, heavy equipment, human resources and significant fill cover to reduce oxygen”.
This past Sunday, the massive fire, which Fire Chief, Superintendent Walter Evans confirmed started in bushes in the immediate vicinity behind Epic Battery Fire Trail Road location, quickly spread to bush and coppice to the west of Epic Battery, an area of the New Providence Landfill and to the eastern periphery of Jubilee Gardens where several businesses including propane gas companies on Gladstone Road. By evening, the fire spread to an area across Gladstone Road, west of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Shooting Range and Aquinas College due to strong winds and embers.
As it relates to the landfill, Minister Dorsett revealed that Sunday’s blaze spread to the green waste disposal area and embers spread to the existing tipping floor.
To date several families including children were evacuated as a result of the blaze. Minister Dorsett said while no definitive date could be given for the return of residents affected, he was advised by Supt. Evans that significant improvement has occurred in the area, namely visibility increasing and change of colour of smoke which makes breathing bearable for residents.
“By direction of the Prime Minister, the Government will also assist all residents and businesses impacted by the fire and our assessments will begin in earnest once the fire at the Nassau landfill is out,” said the Environment Minister.
“We remain resolved and committed to extinguish all of the fires and eliminate all of the smoke,” he said.