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Dillingham Landfill metal pile still smolders nearly a week after ignition

Smoke from the Dillingham Landfill fire taken Friday, June 3, seen from an Alaska Airlines commercial flight.
Angie and Bernie Venua
Smoke from the Dillingham Landfill fire taken Friday, June 3.

The fire at the Dillingham Landfill metal pile is still smoldering, according to Fire Department Coordinator Scott Runzo. The fire is fully contained, however spilled fuels and metal underground from decades of vehicles, boats and other items left in the junkyard continue to burn.

Runzo says it will likely continue to smolder until Dillingham sees a significant amount of rain.

The Dillingham Fire Department says the situation is being monitored. The landfill’s metal pile will be closed until the smolders are out.

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Brian Venua grew up in Dillingham and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He got his start in journalism at KDLG in 2020, interviewing and writing for the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report and signed on as a full-time host and reporter later that year.