Ecology using thermal imaging to gather landfill fire data in Yakima

By on Sunday, October 8th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

YAKIMA – The Washington State Department of Ecology is using thermal imaging to document the environmental investigation at the DTG-Anderson Landfill in Yakima, where the agency is also looking into potential contamination.

Earlier this year, DTG recycle discovered high temperatures in an area beneath the landfill’s surface, indicating an underground fire in that spot. DTG’s current strategy, as advised by a landfill fire consultant, is to smother the fire with soil.

Thermal imaging is being used to see if their plan is working, along with monitoring gas concentrations with temperatures.