Huge fire in Nottinghamshire still burning after two weeks

A fire at an industrial site in Nottinghamshire is still burning – two weeks after it started.

The fire at its height two weeks ago

The fire at its height two weeks ago

The blaze has been raging at the industrial site at Oakfield Farm, Forest Lane, Walesby, since September 21.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service decided to allow it to continue burning in a controlled manner until it burnt out completely.

However, it now appears the waste could continue to smoulder and release smoke for some time.

 The stability of the structure is also an issue in the choice of tactics that can be used – it has been decided that the best approach to reduce and stop the smoke will be to segregate waste from the fire and then dampen it down.

The fire service says that although this may cause additional smoke in the short term, it will resolve the smoke issues much sooner.

Work will need to be carried out beforehand, however, to make sure the structure is safe and make it accessible to the diggers that will carry out the segregation work.

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A spokesperson on behalf of the fire service, Newark and Sherwood District Council, the Environment Agency and Public Health England, said: “We appreciate that the smoke has been a concern for local residents and all partners are working hard to ensure the fire and the effects are dealt with.

“All smoke is an irritant, however it is not believed that there is a cause for public concern, other than the nuisance from the smoke.

“Smoke can make people’s eyes and throat sore. The general advice remains that people should do all they can to stay out of the smoke including to shut windows and doors. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions should carry and use their inhaler as a precaution.

“If you have any concerns about the smoke’s impact on your health please call your GP surgery for advice, following any instructions for out of hours services, or contact the NHS 111 service (which is free from both landlines and mobiles and open 24/7).”

Newark and Sherwood District Council, as the lead for the overall incident, will continue to liaise with the landowner over their responsibilities and access to the site.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and Public Health England will continue to tackle the fire, advise on the impact to the environment and impact on health respectively.

The cause of the fire will be investigated once the fire is fully extinguished, whilst the Environment Agency will investigate the potential crime of storing waste on site without the appropriate permissions.