Firefighters are continuing to deal with a large fire at the Granville Landfill site at Redhill in Telford.
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service reports the large fire is affecting the whole of the site and is being dealt with by a number of fire crews.
Firefighters were called to the site on Grange Lane in Redhill at around 4.42am this morning.
Smoke could be seen across a large area with local residents advised to keep doors and windows closed in the areas of Oakengates, Trench and Hadley.
Group Manager Adam Matthews said: “Crews are working hard to bring the fire under control which is of significant size covering a vast area over difficult and steep terrain. We’re likely to be here for some time dealing with it.”
“Drone footage with thermal imaging capability is being used to identify the extent of the fire and is being provided by supporting service, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
“A national waste fires tactical advisor from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is also at the scene, providing specialist advice.
“Numerous supporting vehicles are also being used including two 4×4 incident support vehicles to help access the site, high capacity pumping units and the Service’s incident command vehicle.
“There is still a significant smoke plume in the Red Hill area of Telford. This is expected to remain for some time with wind direction and speed forecast to remain constant for the rest of the day.
“The team will continue to work hard to bring this incident to a safe resolution and we will provide updates as soon as we are able.”
West Mercia Police say there are no road closures in place at this time, but they are advising drivers to avoid the area and check before you travel.
Eight fire appliances including the Light Pumping Unit and the Welfare Unit were mobilised from Albrighton, Bridgnorth, Newport, Shrewsbury, Telford Central, Tweedale and Wellington. Operations and Safety officers are also in attendance.
An update for the area affected by the #Granville recycling plant fire:— Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (@shropsfire) September 17, 2020
If you need to open your doors and windows then do so, but be aware there is residual smoke and the smell of fumes, if these become too much please close them again.
Photo credit: @HWFire @TelfordWrekin pic.twitter.com/mTbHmKTSqd
Crews have been tackling a fire at Granville Recycling Plant, in Telford since 5am.— Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (@shropsfire) September 17, 2020
As a precaution we would urge people to:
👉Keep doors and windows closed Donnington, Muxton, Priorslee and St Georges
👉No road closures
👉Drivers avoid the area
👉 Check before you travel pic.twitter.com/QFFCTmCyHY
Areas in red likely to be affected by smoke plume from Redhill waste site fire (valid until 0900). Please keep doors and windows closed. pic.twitter.com/OWfdxhWRlP— James Bainbridge (@SFRS_JBainbr) September 17, 2020
Advice from Fire Service over fire at Granville #Telford— Telford & Wrekin Council (@TelfordWrekin) September 17, 2020
Residents advised to keep doors and windows closed North of M54 over #Oakengates, #Trench & #Hadley. Likely to be smoke in the area for some time.
More to follow…