Dorset

Wareham landfill fire still smouldering

Wareham landfill fire Image copyright Swanage Fire Station
Image caption Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews had drenched several hotspots in the waste overnight

Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze at a landfill site in Dorset.

The fire at the Viridor-owned Trigon Quarry site, near Wareham, broke out in about 10,000 tonnes of rubbish at 23:00 BST on Monday.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews had monitored the fire and drenched several hotspots overnight.

Further crews using diggers have started turning the burning material to saturate it with water.

The service said no homes or buildings were at risk from the fire, but smoke could drift across local properties.

At its height more than 70 firefighters tackled the blaze which produced a plume of smoke that could be seen from Poole 10km (6.2 miles) away.

The site was the scene of a fire in April 2015, as well as in August 2014.

Image copyright Swanage Fire Station
Image caption Appliances and diggers were expected to turn the waste over to saturate it
Image copyright Swanage Fire Station
Image caption The plume of smoke was seen from as far away as Poole

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