AYUTTHAYA, 4 May 2014, - Authorities have reported a fire in a 32-rai of landfill in Ayutthaya Province, saying nearby farmers’ rice stubble burning was the cause of the blaze.
The landfill is located on the Baan Pom Sub-district, Phranakhon Sri Ayutthaya District in the province. According to District Chief Precha Khantapraisri, it took firefighters two hours to put out the fire at the district landfill, with 350,000 tons of trash piling over 6 storeys high.
The District Chief said the administration is planning to purchase a garbage incinerator to deal with the massive pile of trash, adding however that the matter is still being studied before being proposed to the provincial administration for approval.
Prior to the event, nearby farmers were burning rice stubble close to the landfill, said the official, further explaining that the blazed was stoked by strong winds.