Guam - It's costing taxpayers about $1,000 a day to house Yigo residents who needed to be relocated while a deep-seeded fire continues to burn at an illegal dump site near Chalan Ifil. Department of Public Works conducted an assessment of the area today and is developing a plan to bring in heavy equipment to better access the fire.
Guam Homeland Security Spokesperson Lesley Leon Guerrero says they are working on issuing purchase orders for bulldozers and excavators. An emergency declaration freed up $250,000 to pay for expenses related to the fire that started on private property owned by Joseph Taitano.
Taitano has been cited several times by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency for having an illegal dump site and the matter was forwarded to the Attorney General's Office for their review.