Fire appliances from Castle Cary and Frome and the water carrier from Yeovil were mobilised to a report of a fire at the above location.
On arrival at the scene fire crews reported approximately 10m on the main tip face well alight and put one main jet to work. They requested a further two appliances for manpower and water which were mobilised from Wincanton and Shepton Mallet.
Crews at work with 2 main jets preventing fire spread awaiting the arrival of an on site excavator.
27th June – 17:11 – A further two appliances have been requested at incident for crew and equipment which have been mobilised from Somerton and Shepton Mallet.
27th June – 17:43 – Crews requested the attendance of the High Volume Pumping units which were sent from Wellington.
27th June – 18:03 – This incident has now been increased appliances which were sent from Ilminster, Gillingham, Street and 2 from Yeovi
27th June – 19:42 – This is a fire in a licensed waste tip measuring 200m, 3 sectors are currently in use and crews are getting to work the High Volume Pump. Crews are making steady progress liaising with responsible person on site.
27th June – 21:37 – Crews are at work with 3 Ground Monitors, 3 Main Jets and 2 Breathing Apparatus wearers.
27th June – 23:28 – Crews are at work to stop fire spread using the High Volume Pump. Relief Crews are now in place.
28th June – 00:24 – Crews are at work with 6 ground monitors, 2 main jets with the water being supplied by the high volume pumps. The incident commander also requested a weather forecast due to the smoke plume.
28th June – 01:26 – BA in use to cover broken down plant machinery on site. Crews also used compressed air foam which was now discontinued.
28th June – 06:25 – Reliefs crews were requested to attend the incident for appliances and special appliances in attendance at the incident.
28th June – 10:41 – The incident now being reviewed to prevent fire spread escalating to other areas of the site. 6 ground monitors and high volume pump in use.
28th June – 10:58 – More relief requested to attend the incident at 14:00.
28th June – 13:33 – Crews at work with four ground monitors and a high volume pump. Yeovilton Aircraft Tender also in attendance.
28th June – 15:34 – six ground monitors in use supplied by high volume pump and light portable pump. Yeovilton aircraft tender also in use.
28th June – 18:01 – Crews making good progress with 6 ground monitors and air craft tender, relief stategy in progress.
28th June – 19:18 – overnight relief plan to include a two pump relief until 0900 hours, relief pumps to include Castle Carey, Street, Taunton and Wells fire fighting appliances.
28th June – 22:55 – crews maintaining watching brief with six ground monitors, and lighting equipment, on site staff working with heavy machinery making steady progress.
29th June – 00:31 29/06/15 – Following a suspected methane explosion, all operations have ceased, still continuing with the 6 ground monitors, all crews and on site staff removed to place of safety.
29th June – 06:14 – Crews still maintaining a watching brief with ground monitors, high volume pump crews have also been replaced by relief crews.
More updates to follow, incident ongoing