IQALUIT, Nunavut - Fire crews are hoping to finally start pumping water on a dump fire in Iqaluit that has been smouldering since May.

The fire, known locally as the dumpcano, has been burning deep within a four-storey pile of household garbage at the city's dump.

Because the fire is so deep, just spraying water on it won't work.

Crews will have to use heavy equipment to dunk the garbage bit by bit in a pool of seawater.

Putting the fire out is expected to take weeks and cost $2.4 million.

Iqaluit's dump was supposed to have been temporary and was to have been closed in 2000.