Hartland landfill closed after garbage fire

Hartland landfill is closed and traffic delays are expected today after a fire broke out on an active face of the landfill Thursday night.

"It is still an active fire scene and crews are expecting to be on site for several days," said Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie, this morning. "Tanker trucks are being used to transport water to the site. As a result, traffic near West Saanich Road and Hartland Road will be impacted."

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The rain will help, police said.

Six fire trucks were on the scene Thursday north of Prospect Lake since about 6:30 p.m. including several from Saanich, a Victoria Fire Department tanker truck, another from Central Saanich.

The fire sent huge plumes of smelly black smoke into the air.

The CRD said the fire appeared to be confined to an area where garbage was recently unloaded.

Hartland landfill will remain closed today. The CRD said it will post updates on its website, crd.bc.ca

In July of 2005, about $200,000 damage was caused when a compactor burst into flames in the middle of the night. That blaze was likely triggered when organic material in a tray under the hot equipment decomposed and ignited.

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