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Firefighters tackle waste wood blaze

Fire crews from across Essex have been called in to tackle a blaze at a pile of dumped waste wood in Mountnessing near Brentwood.

The 5,000 tonne pile of wood caught fire on 18 August and crews from Brentwood, Basildon, Rayleigh Weir, Ingatestone, Billericay and Southend were sent to deal with it.

Since then, at least six crews have stayed on site to monitor a “controlled burn” that will prevent the fire from spreading to nearby industrial sites including scrapyards and agricultural equipment .

On 20 August, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said that they expected to remain the site “for days to come”.

Mark Earwicker, officer in charge, said: “A controlled burn is taking place with crews monitoring and containing the fire to prevent it spreading.

“We are using water from a nearby boating lake which we are topping up with water bowsers. Now the fire has broken through and more of the pile is alight so there is a larger smoke plume.

“It’s nothing terribly dangerous but local residents are advised to close their windows and doors.”

•Photo courtesy of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

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