1,000 tonne timber blaze expected to burn for days

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 December 2011

The blaze continues today

The blaze continues today

Archant

ROUGHLY 1,000 tonnes of timber was alight last night and continues to burn this morning at a Heydon recycling centre.

Firecrews were called at 7.10pm last night to the blaze at Bridgefoot Farm Quarry, Newmarket Road - near the A505 - which is expected to smoulder for several days.

The fire affected recycled wood, sawdust and one recycling machine.

One crew from Royston attended before requesting assistance from another crew from the town and one from Sawston.

Firefighters have remained at the incident all night, and relief crews from Linton, Swaffham Bulbeck, Papworth, Cambridge, Huntingdon, St Neots, Cottenham, Gamlingay, Burwell and St Ives have been in attendance as well as a water carrier from Yaxley.

Onsite workers have helped the firefighters to create breaks to prevent the fire from spreading.

The Environment Agency have also been called and are monitoring the wind direction while working to keep the fire contained.

Four crews remain at the scene. Firefighters are using jets to contain the fire.

Motorists are advised to take care when using the nearby A505 which may be affected by smoke from the fire.

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