AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – More crews will be working to suppress the fire on Bondi’s Island which started at a landfill Thursday afternoon.
Crews were downsized overnight into Saturday but more firefighters are expected to assist later in the day.
The rain from Friday that carried into Saturday morning has helped firefighters. Agawam Fire Chief Alan Sirois told 22News that rain is knocking out what’s on the surface.
“We made fantastic progress today,” Sirois said during Saturday’s update. “It’s my anticipation that within the next couple of days we will be winding this operation down. A lot of that is going to be dependent on how we do for the remainder of this operational period today as well as tomorrow.”
Sirois said that the piles of yard waste is still smoldering over multiple square acres. Crews will be tackling what’s underneath that layer to make sure the fire is completely out.
Covanta, which runs the facility, says what has been burning over the last few days is leaves and yard waste. State police are still investigating what caused the fire.
Fire crews are expected to be there for the next few days. Firefighters as far as Hatfield and Palmer are assisting in the fire.
The Massachusetts hazard team says the smoke is not supposed to be hazardous but nearby residents should keep their windows closed.