Wood chipping blaze raging since Monday

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Wood chipping blaze still raging in South Yorkshire

Last night alone they used 6.5 million litres of water from a nearby reservoir to try to extinguish the blaze at R Plevins and Sons at Crow Edge, between Barnsley and Sheffield.

They have been at the blaze since Monday.

A fire service spokesman said: “We are concerned about the two serious fires that have occurred on this site in a short space of time and are keen to explore all possible measures to prevent another fire. We know fires such as these have a significant impact on the surrounding communities and businesses.

“It is impossible to say how long it will take to put this fire out. It is, to some extent, dependent on environmental conditions. We are monitoring the forecast every four hours and putting in place measures to stop the fire from spreading to nearby piles of wood.”

A spokesperson for Public Health England said: “To date, there have been no reports of people experiencing ill effects from this fire. However, sheltering indoors provides protection from exposure to smoke, so we advise residents in any areas affected by smoke to continue to follow the advice from the emergency services, keep doors and windows closed as much as possible to limit any exposure to smoke.

“Motorists who have to travel through any smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“Smoke consists of a mixture of gases, liquid droplets and solid particles representing the decomposition and combustion products from fires.

“Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid or limit the time spent in areas affected by any smoke or ash.

“Chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions should carry their inhalers and ensure they have taken any prescribed medication and keep it to hand.

“If you are concerned about the effects of smoke on your health, telephone your GP or call 111 for advice.”