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Crews fight to protect river

Firefighters tackling the wood chippings blaze at Crow Edge, near Penistone.

Firefighters tackling the wood chippings blaze at Crow Edge, near Penistone.

Dozens of firefighters have been tackling a blaze in South Yorkshire which has been raging for more than a week.

Between 30 and 40 firefighters at a time are battling the wood chipping fire at R Plevins and Sons in Crow Edge, near Penistone.

More than 3,000 litres of water per minute is being used to put out the fire, which started on the morning of Monday, June 2.

However, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said it remained uncertain as to when the blaze will be extinguished, with crews assessing the fire on a daily basis.

On Sunday, four fire engines, were on site, while yesterday there were four fire engines and two support vehicles present.

Support has also been provided by firefighters from Nottinghamshire and West Yorkshire.

Diggers were also used over the weekend to pull out some of the wood pile and try to identify the fire’s ‘hotspots’.

Fire crews built a lagoon at the site for water to run off into so it could be recycled, but also to stop polluted water running into the River Don after concerns were raised for the impact on wildlife

Steve Chu, on behalf of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said: “We don’t have many incidents like this.

“However, when we do have a big pile of wood it can take a long time to make sure the fire is out.”

Smoke from the fire could be smelt across South Yorkshire last week.

 

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