We will extinguish the fire that’s been burning at the Riverton Dump, in St. Andrew, by this weekend.

That’s the word from the Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Errol Mowatt.

Commissioner Mowatt gave that commitment at a Special Media Briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister this afternoon. The briefing was chaired by Information Minister, Sandrea Falconer.

Mr. Mowatt says the fire – which has been burning since last Wednesday – should be extinguished once they still have the resources they have now.

He says efforts to contain the fire started slowly because of a shortage of resources.

He says there’s been significant improvement in containing the fire, adding that while smoke cover remains strong, it has been significantly reduced, compared to last Wednesday or Thursday.

Commissioner Mowatt says efforts to out the fire also cause an increase in smoke permeating the air in parts of the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.

Meanwhile, Minister Falconer today informed that there’ve been 12 fires at the Riverton Dump since 2005.

She says since 2005, 2013 was the only year there wasn’t a fire at the Riverton Dump.

The fire which is still smouldering is the largest there’s ever been there.
At the height of the fire, up to 90 acres of the 120 acre property were on fire.

The Fire Brigade Chief says approximately 50 percent of the Dump is still on fire.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Fire Brigade are still investigating the cause.

But Commissioner Mowatt says he strongly suspects there was human intervention because of the rapidity of its spread.