City of Iqaluit uses drone to tackle smouldering hot spot at landfill
Crews have been fighting the hot spot for a week
The City of Iqaluit is using a drone to help tackle a hot spot at its landfill.
A public service announcement Thursday advised that the drone will be flying over the landfill Friday, taking thermal imagery.
“This footage will assist the fire chief to determine the work plan and areas to concentrate [on],” said city spokesperson Kim Nookiguak, in the release.
Firefighters have been attempting to snuff out a smouldering area at the dump for a week, and the city has contracted an expert landfill consultant to help with the work.
The dump was closed last weekend but was operating as usual as of Tuesday, except for metal disposal.
The road to the deep sea port will remain closed until Monday as well, while crews repair a portion of fencing around the landfill.
That fencing had to be removed so firefighters could gain access to the hot spot, said city spokesperson Aleksey Cameron.
Whether the hot spot is related to the April 6 fire is under investigation, said Cameron.
Security at the dump will be on fire watch through the weekend.