UPDATE: Wareham landfill blaze now under control after firefighters make "huge progress" over last 24 hours

UPDATE: Wareham landfill blaze now under control after firefighters make "huge progress" over last 24 hours

30 firefighters tackling a blaze at Wareham landfill site. Pic from DfRS

UPDATE: Keep your windows closed, warns fire service as smoke from landfill blaze covers Bournemouth and Poole

UPDATE: Keep your windows closed, warns fire service as smoke from landfill blaze covers Bournemouth and Poole

UPDATE: Keep your windows closed, warns fire service as smoke from landfill blaze covers Bournemouth and Poole

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A FIRE that raged at a Wareham landfill site is now under control.

The blaze, which started on Sunday afternoon, continued to burn yesterday but a spokesman for the Viridor site said that ‘good progress’ had been made and that the fire at Trigon Landfill is now under control.

Although fire crews will maintain a presence at the site for another one or two days.

Three crews from the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service will remain on site at Bere Lane, Wareham, Dorset working alongside employees, using water and sand to suppress and extinguish the fire.

Thirty-nine out of 40 fire crews across Dorset have been involved in fighting the blaze.

A spokesperson for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said that they had employed nearly every fire engine across the county at the Trigon site since the first emergency call came in. Colleagues from Hampshire have provided high volume pumps to help extinguish the flames.

See all the pictures of Wareham landfill fire in a gallery here

Craig Baker, Area Manager for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Huge progress has been made on site over the last 24 hours extinguishing and smothering the fire, thanks to the hard work of the fire crews and Viridor staff. 

“I would anticipate a fire service presence on site for another one or two days.”

Dan Cooke, Director of External Affairs for Viridor, said:  “Our colleagues continue to work closely with the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to fully control and extinguish this fire, and with the Environment Agency to manage the situation safely and effectively.  We’ll continue to keep local parties and our customers updated.”

Viridor operatives are also installing a precautionary fire break in the site to minimise the risk of any further spread.

Yesterday smoke from the fire and a smell of burning rubber had reportedly drifted as far as the Isle of Wight, with residents being told to keep their windows closed and not go out in it for longer than necessary.

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10:13pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

You could see the smoke from Tower Park!
You could see the smoke from Tower Park! Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 10

7:27am Mon 1 Sep 14

valo4life says...

Woke up early this morning didn't think nothing of it, wished I had closed my windows now tho as the smell has got worse.
Woke up early this morning didn't think nothing of it, wished I had closed my windows now tho as the smell has got worse. valo4life
  • Score: 5

7:47am Mon 1 Sep 14

my2psworth says...

You can smell it muscliffe and it stinks
You can smell it muscliffe and it stinks my2psworth
  • Score: 5

8:11am Mon 1 Sep 14

Weird world says...

it looks like fog but doesn't smell good, the wind is taking it across to Parkstone/Walisdown area. Well done to all the fire crews, keep safe.
it looks like fog but doesn't smell good, the wind is taking it across to Parkstone/Walisdown area. Well done to all the fire crews, keep safe. Weird world
  • Score: 12

8:45am Mon 1 Sep 14

Shogun50 says...

Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not
Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not Shogun50
  • Score: 4

9:07am Mon 1 Sep 14

60plus says...

You can smell it in Wimborne,
You can smell it in Wimborne, 60plus
  • Score: 3

9:47am Mon 1 Sep 14

localres1 says...

You can smell it in New Milton to...
You can smell it in New Milton to... localres1
  • Score: 3

9:50am Mon 1 Sep 14

Controversial But True says...

my2psworth wrote:
You can smell it muscliffe and it stinks
You may find that that's Townend....!!!
[quote][p][bold]my2psworth[/bold] wrote: You can smell it muscliffe and it stinks[/p][/quote]You may find that that's Townend....!!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 8

10:17am Mon 1 Sep 14

PokesmouthBournedownsouth says...

Shogun50 wrote:
Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not
Engage your brain!
[quote][p][bold]Shogun50[/bold] wrote: Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not[/p][/quote]Engage your brain! PokesmouthBournedownsouth
  • Score: 9

10:26am Mon 1 Sep 14

lambyk says...

Can still smell the rubber burning at Upton
Can still smell the rubber burning at Upton lambyk
  • Score: 3

10:41am Mon 1 Sep 14

Arthur Maureen says...

You can smell it
You can smell it Arthur Maureen
  • Score: -5

10:42am Mon 1 Sep 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Smell it
Smell it Arthur Maureen
  • Score: -4

2:13pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Dudley123 says...

I've just got two words for you guys 'Zombie Apocalypse'.
I've just got two words for you guys 'Zombie Apocalypse'. Dudley123
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

portia6 says...

Ring of fire, well done to the fire-man keep those hoses spurting!
Ring of fire, well done to the fire-man keep those hoses spurting! portia6
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Very Old Pensioner says...

You cannot smell it in Boscombe.It can't compete with the smoke from the waccy baccy.
You cannot smell it in Boscombe.It can't compete with the smoke from the waccy baccy. Very Old Pensioner
  • Score: 13

5:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

BoscVegas says...

Very Old Pensioner wrote:
You cannot smell it in Boscombe.It can't compete with the smoke from the waccy baccy.
How I wish I had seen this before I left for work. On the bright side, I won't have to waste any of my precious wacky baccy getting high tonight
[quote][p][bold]Very Old Pensioner[/bold] wrote: You cannot smell it in Boscombe.It can't compete with the smoke from the waccy baccy.[/p][/quote]How I wish I had seen this before I left for work. On the bright side, I won't have to waste any of my precious wacky baccy getting high tonight BoscVegas
  • Score: 1

5:50pm Mon 1 Sep 14

snugglebug says...

So you can smell it everywhere except Wareham!
So you can smell it everywhere except Wareham! snugglebug
  • Score: 4

7:29pm Mon 1 Sep 14

justme20092009 says...

you can smell it on the moon,,,,god you sad people get so excited in the scho over nothing get a life
you can smell it on the moon,,,,god you sad people get so excited in the scho over nothing get a life justme20092009
  • Score: -9

8:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Makes you realise how a biological or radioactive incident would so easily spread. I hope the Government's anti-terror plans help to protect the UK.
Makes you realise how a biological or radioactive incident would so easily spread. I hope the Government's anti-terror plans help to protect the UK. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: -4

8:44am Tue 2 Sep 14

Monopoly1234 says...

I live close by and have experienced sore eyes and headache . Seems to depend on the wind which way it's blowing and I think wareham residents may be so used to the smoke that they think they can't smell it ! I read that virodor have had workers visit / inform local residents - I haven't seen any workers or had a leaflet through my door for advice ?! I'm wondering how the elderly are being looked after ?
I live close by and have experienced sore eyes and headache . Seems to depend on the wind which way it's blowing and I think wareham residents may be so used to the smoke that they think they can't smell it ! I read that virodor have had workers visit / inform local residents - I haven't seen any workers or had a leaflet through my door for advice ?! I'm wondering how the elderly are being looked after ? Monopoly1234
  • Score: 4

9:25am Tue 2 Sep 14

Dave2207 says...

The Met-Office weather forecast for the next five days shows that the winds will be Easterly or North-Easterly, so how can the smoke be blowing from Wareham to Poole or Bournemouth? Smoke does not move upwind!
Weymouth and Dorchester seem more at risk than Bournemouth.
The Met-Office weather forecast for the next five days shows that the winds will be Easterly or North-Easterly, so how can the smoke be blowing from Wareham to Poole or Bournemouth? Smoke does not move upwind! Weymouth and Dorchester seem more at risk than Bournemouth. Dave2207
  • Score: -1

9:54am Tue 2 Sep 14

Bournemouthk says...

How can Hunters Moon say that they are closed and don't know when they will reopen? The whole park is still full now!!! Looks like someone is going to make a claim!

Also as someone who lives along the Bere road as shown in the video above I can say I have not spoken to anyone about the fire and what to do...
How can Hunters Moon say that they are closed and don't know when they will reopen? The whole park is still full now!!! Looks like someone is going to make a claim! Also as someone who lives along the Bere road as shown in the video above I can say I have not spoken to anyone about the fire and what to do... Bournemouthk
  • Score: 2

9:58am Tue 2 Sep 14

PokesmouthBournedownsouth says...

PokesmouthBournedown
south
wrote:
Shogun50 wrote:
Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not
Engage your brain!
Think about what you are breathing in… people's WASTE! Be that babies' burning soiled nappies, synthetic plastics, moldy wood, in fact anything that is REFUSE. Would you swim in sewage? Or eat from the garbage?

There's your answer.
[quote][p][bold]PokesmouthBournedown south[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shogun50[/bold] wrote: Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not[/p][/quote]Engage your brain![/p][/quote]Think about what you are breathing in… people's WASTE! Be that babies' burning soiled nappies, synthetic plastics, moldy wood, in fact anything that is REFUSE. Would you swim in sewage? Or eat from the garbage? There's your answer. PokesmouthBournedownsouth
  • Score: 3

10:59am Tue 2 Sep 14

Blow In says...

Mr Burden said customers may be forced to use alternative sites, with the nearest at Beacon Hill in Poole and another, Blue Haze, near Ringwood.

Not sure what Mr Burden is talking about, this site is not open to the public, it is on the Trigon private estate & takes waste from France, the Wareham waste disposal / recycling tip is not on fire as this article would have you believe.

I live & work locally & we have not been advised of anything so not sure where or how their advice is being given out?
Mr Burden said customers may be forced to use alternative sites, with the nearest at Beacon Hill in Poole and another, Blue Haze, near Ringwood. Not sure what Mr Burden is talking about, this site is not open to the public, it is on the Trigon private estate & takes waste from France, the Wareham waste disposal / recycling tip is not on fire as this article would have you believe. I live & work locally & we have not been advised of anything so not sure where or how their advice is being given out? Blow In
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Tue 2 Sep 14

tackleberry says...

How did it start? I must wonder if it was the regular Sunday afternoon raiders that steal from and damage the site, you know the ones that the Police refuse to deal with, cos they live next to the site.
How did it start? I must wonder if it was the regular Sunday afternoon raiders that steal from and damage the site, you know the ones that the Police refuse to deal with, cos they live next to the site. tackleberry
  • Score: 4

12:42pm Tue 2 Sep 14

scrumpyjack says...

PokesmouthBournedown
south
wrote:
PokesmouthBournedown

south
wrote:
Shogun50 wrote:
Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not
Engage your brain!
Think about what you are breathing in… people's WASTE! Be that babies' burning soiled nappies, synthetic plastics, moldy wood, in fact anything that is REFUSE. Would you swim in sewage? Or eat from the garbage?

There's your answer.
I would suggest winding your neck in.

It is a fair question as there are degrees of toxicity - from 'mouldy wood' smoke through to domestic waste in the 'not pleasant and better to avoid' category right through to industrial 'inhale this and you are in trouble'.

The Authorities did come out and confirm it was domestic waste and not industrial - potentially a huge difference (look up 'inhaling burning asbetos fumes' if you really feel the need to disagree....).
[quote][p][bold]PokesmouthBournedown south[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PokesmouthBournedown south[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shogun50[/bold] wrote: Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not[/p][/quote]Engage your brain![/p][/quote]Think about what you are breathing in… people's WASTE! Be that babies' burning soiled nappies, synthetic plastics, moldy wood, in fact anything that is REFUSE. Would you swim in sewage? Or eat from the garbage? There's your answer.[/p][/quote]I would suggest winding your neck in. It is a fair question as there are degrees of toxicity - from 'mouldy wood' smoke through to domestic waste in the 'not pleasant and better to avoid' category right through to industrial 'inhale this and you are in trouble'. The Authorities did come out and confirm it was domestic waste and not industrial - potentially a huge difference (look up 'inhaling burning asbetos fumes' if you really feel the need to disagree....). scrumpyjack
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

PokesmouthBournedownsouth says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
PokesmouthBournedown

south
wrote:
PokesmouthBournedown


south
wrote:
Shogun50 wrote:
Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not
Engage your brain!
Think about what you are breathing in… people's WASTE! Be that babies' burning soiled nappies, synthetic plastics, moldy wood, in fact anything that is REFUSE. Would you swim in sewage? Or eat from the garbage?

There's your answer.
I would suggest winding your neck in.

It is a fair question as there are degrees of toxicity - from 'mouldy wood' smoke through to domestic waste in the 'not pleasant and better to avoid' category right through to industrial 'inhale this and you are in trouble'.

The Authorities did come out and confirm it was domestic waste and not industrial - potentially a huge difference (look up 'inhaling burning asbetos fumes' if you really feel the need to disagree....).
The question was simple, is it toxic or not?

The answer is simple, from anyone raised with certain awareness. I grew up being well informed, by my parents! Burning plastic, ANY plastic is toxic to breathe in. If you believe that fumes from a burning dump site are not toxic then maybe you should upwind you neck. Heads up!
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PokesmouthBournedown south[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PokesmouthBournedown south[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shogun50[/bold] wrote: Has anyone determined whether this smoke is toxic or not[/p][/quote]Engage your brain![/p][/quote]Think about what you are breathing in… people's WASTE! Be that babies' burning soiled nappies, synthetic plastics, moldy wood, in fact anything that is REFUSE. Would you swim in sewage? Or eat from the garbage? There's your answer.[/p][/quote]I would suggest winding your neck in. It is a fair question as there are degrees of toxicity - from 'mouldy wood' smoke through to domestic waste in the 'not pleasant and better to avoid' category right through to industrial 'inhale this and you are in trouble'. The Authorities did come out and confirm it was domestic waste and not industrial - potentially a huge difference (look up 'inhaling burning asbetos fumes' if you really feel the need to disagree....).[/p][/quote]The question was simple, is it toxic or not? The answer is simple, from anyone raised with certain awareness. I grew up being well informed, by my parents! Burning plastic, ANY plastic is toxic to breathe in. If you believe that fumes from a burning dump site are not toxic then maybe you should upwind you neck. Heads up! PokesmouthBournedownsouth
  • Score: 1

2:26pm Tue 2 Sep 14

PokesmouthBournedownsouth says...

"The Authorities did come out and confirm it was domestic waste and not industrial"---
Refuse is not regulated, when you go to the dump to dispose of your waste not every item being deposited is itemized. In this world of dishonesty we live in, say I had some unwanted asbestos and a whole bunch of other random waste. I was in a hurry, not caring to drive to each "category station" and just wanted to do the old in and out. Maybe I would think Im gonna stick this asbestos inside this old chest of drawers and lump it all in with the wood at the Wood Furniture Station. Not rocket science that it is imposible to determine what exactly is burning. At the time the "authorities" took samples of air it may well have proven negative for airbourne pollutants. However that would have been at any given time, not necessarily at when/IF asbestos was burning.
"The Authorities did come out and confirm it was domestic waste and not industrial"--- Refuse is not regulated, when you go to the dump to dispose of your waste not every item being deposited is itemized. In this world of dishonesty we live in, say I had some unwanted asbestos and a whole bunch of other random waste. I was in a hurry, not caring to drive to each "category station" and just wanted to do the old in and out. Maybe I would think Im gonna stick this asbestos inside this old chest of drawers and lump it all in with the wood at the Wood Furniture Station. Not rocket science that it is imposible to determine what exactly is burning. At the time the "authorities" took samples of air it may well have proven negative for airbourne pollutants. However that would have been at any given time, not necessarily at when/IF asbestos was burning. PokesmouthBournedownsouth
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Wed 3 Sep 14

inotherwords says...

On a positive note, all that rubbish burnt away should leave plenty of room for more
On a positive note, all that rubbish burnt away should leave plenty of room for more inotherwords
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Dudley123 says...

inotherwords wrote:
On a positive note, all that rubbish burnt away should leave plenty of room for more
Indeed, I agree. The words 'waste' and 'space' made think that maybe once they've levelled the area, might be a good traveller site.
[quote][p][bold]inotherwords[/bold] wrote: On a positive note, all that rubbish burnt away should leave plenty of room for more[/p][/quote]Indeed, I agree. The words 'waste' and 'space' made think that maybe once they've levelled the area, might be a good traveller site. Dudley123
  • Score: 0

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