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Incident - Compost on fire in landfill site

Date: 10/11/2013
Time: 11:27
Location: A landfill Site, Walpole, Puriton
Area: Somerset
County: Somerset

The Fire Service received a call reporting compost was on fire.  Two appliances from Bridgwater were mobilised to this incident including the water carrier from Bridgwater.

Upon arrival crews confirmed that 10% was well alight of 2000 tonnes of green waste which was smouldering.  Crews got to work using 2 lengths of 45m jets, crews then requested a further two appliances to attend, these were sent from Burnham on Sea, and an incident support unit from Street were mobilised to the incident.  Staff on site are also utilising a mechanical digger to create a fire break

Update at 13:19 - The incident has now been sectorised, crews damping down hot spots, makign steady progress, with the assistance of a mechanical digger from the site.  Incident to be scaled down as soon as operations allow on the incident ground.

Crews have now left the scene and the duty of care has been left with site staff.

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