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Sherburn fire: Agencies meet daily to retain control

Sherburn MP Nigel Adams looks at the tyre fire at Sherburn on Friday with Incident Unit Commander Peter Hudson. (S)

Sherburn MP Nigel Adams looks at the tyre fire at Sherburn on Friday with Incident Unit Commander Peter Hudson. (S)

Emergency services and partner agencies continue to work together to ensure the large tyre fire at Newgen recycling plant in Sherburn in Elmet remains under control and pollution is kept to a minimum.

A number of agencies including North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, North Yorkshire Police, the Met Office, the Environment Agency, Public Health England, Selby District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the NHS, Yorkshire Water, Northern Power Grid and Network Rail meet daily to ensure that everything is being done to keep disruption to members of the public to a minimum.

In order to control the amount of air, water and ground pollution, a decision has been made to allow the fire to burn out.

Peter Hudson, Group Manager for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “At the moment the smoke is dissipating over a wide area and any pollution is being diluted to harmless levels, reducing the impact on the environment.

“This tactic will also reduce the amount of waste that needs to be removed when the fire is out.

A 51-year-old local man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation.

 

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