Panama City, Florida (AP) --
Florida Panhandle officials have gone to court to close a landfill that has been burning for more than a week.
Bay County officials are monitoring the blaze to make sure it
does not threaten nearby homes or grow into a wildfire.
The county's chief of emergency services says firefighters are
reluctant to dampen the fire with water because the run-off would
pose an environmental hazard.
The county says it doesn't have the authority to bury the
landfill to stamp out the flames. The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection is supposed to be closing the landfill and
covering it with dirt, but the owner's death has complicated the
DEP officials have filed a motion in Panama City court to gain
access to the landfill. A hearing date has not been set.