The literature on landfill fires, though, reveals they are often caused by heat and gas emitted by decomposing organic waste. They’re just out there with basic masks, which are not enough Anthony QuickEven for landfills that do include organic waste, there are lines of defence. Fire-safe landfills around the world are built upon a layer of concrete or metal, preventing organic waste from entering the ecosystem. Keeping organic waste dry and contained slows decomposition and mitigates the release of heat and gases. Unlike sand, foam will not cut off the fire’s oxygen, he says.
Source: The Guardian May 17, 2018 06:00 UTC