Incident update - Hoe Lane, Nazeing
Divisional Officer Mark Samuels, who has been overseeing the incident said:
“I am pleased to be able to report the fire has been extinguished. Firefighters will remain on site for the next few days to monitor the pile and check any remaining hot spots are extinguished. I anticipate that we will be in a position to leave the site by the middle of next week.
“The fire has been extinguished so quickly thanks to some new specialist products which we applied to the fire on Wednesday (September 7).
“The product works by dramatically reducing the temperature of the material when it is applied to the surface. It also makes the water penetrate into the wood instead of running straight off. The product is biodegradable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly and was provided to us free of charge as part of a trial.
“We added the liquid to our water dam at a 1% concentration and then we applied it using our fire hoses. This is a brand new product to the UK, which we have already been testing on a small scale at our Training Centre. This is the first time we have been able to use it at a live incident.
“The product was a huge success, and has considerably reduced the amount time we will be here for as without it, we would have been here for at least a month.
“The response to this incident has involved the hard work of hundreds of firefighters from all over Essex as well as officers and departments such as our Stores team who ensured we had everything we needed from equipment to water and food. Our Control team have also done a fantastic job in not only dealing with the initial incident, but all the later planning of reliefs to make sure ECFRS was able to carry on with our business as usual while we maintained a presence here.
“Throughout this incident we have also been supported by our partners at the Environment Agency, Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police. Their involvement has been essential to the swift and effective conclusion to this incident.
“We have also had support from Extreme Rescue who are our contractors with specialist heavily machinery expertise. Extreme Rescue used their mechanical diggers to dig a trench the whole way round the pile so that it couldn’t spread to the neighbouring buildings and businesses. They also created an area so that we were able to collect the polluted water from the fire and prevent it entering the nearby streams and rivers. They have also dug into the centre of the wood pile to enable us to extinguish the fire at the core.
“I would also like to thank Bureau Veritas, who provided us with specialist hazard material advice, and also to the neighbouring businesses on the site who despite all the disruption, supported us and all equipment on their site.
“We are now entering the final stages of this incident. We will remain at the site over the weekend to monitor the temperature of the pile and to extinguish any remaining hot spots. By the middle of next week, we hope to be able to leave the site completely.”