Firefighters spent more than four hours battling the blaze at Juniper Ridge Landfill.
In this Jan. 19, 2022, file photo, an eagle sits atop a piece of the methane and gas collection system inside the Juniper Ridge Landfill. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

A fire broke out at the state landfill in Old Town late Monday night.

A neighbor reported the blaze at Juniper Ridge Landfill around 8 p.m. and that crews were there for more than four hours, according to the Old Town Fire Department.

The company that runs Juniper Ridge Landfill, Casella Waste Systems, then took over the response with heavy machinery.

A Casella spokesperson says that the fire was contained around midnight. The company says that other than a slight delay in opening on Tuesday, the landfill has resumed normal operations.

Firefighters from Alton, Hudson and Bradley helped provide water for the response.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire, but heavy wind may have played a role in spreading it.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.