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Jakarta Post

Bali’s biggest landfill catches fire

  • Zul Tri Anggono

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Tue, September 25 2018   /  01:12 am

The Suwung landfill in southern Denpasar, the biggest landfill in Bali, caught fire on Monday, resulting in surrounding areas being engulfed in thick smoke.

The head of the Denpasar Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said it was believed that the fire was started by methane gas heating up at the bottom of the landfill.

“A fire then started at the bottom of the pile, burning all the garbage on top of it, including wet garbage, which created the thick smoke,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Although thick smoke engulfed the area, Joni said the fire had not disrupted any flights to or from Ngurah Rai International Airport, located about 10 kilometers northwest of the landfill, because wind blew the smoke to the north of the Suwung landfill.

Authorities estimate that the fire has burned at least 9 hectares of garbage in the landfill. It is believed that the...