Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Update from fire at Hoe Lane, Nazeing

Last Wednesday morning (August 31) at 05:23hrs, we received a 999 call reporting a fire involving a large quantity of wood at a recycling yard in Hoe Lane, Nazeing.

Seven fire engines, a water bowser, and fire officers initially attended the incident. Since then, at least two fire engines have remained at the site at all times.

Divisional Officer Mark Samuels, who is overseeing the incident provides an update on the incident:

"The fire in Hoe Lane, Nazeing has now been burning for five days. The fire, which started at 5:30am last Wednesday (31 August) has reduced significantly since it began, but it is now estimated to involve approximately 50,000 tonnes of wood and wood chippings.

"When we first arrived on site, we worked to make sure the fire would not spread to any nearby buildings. We also started to work to create space around the entire fire so the pile is contained and can be accessed and controlled from all angles.

"With the help from specialist contractors, Extreme Rescue, we have been able to move a large quantity of the wood pile away from the wood which is on fire. This was done to reduce the amount of the wood involved in the fire, which will significantly shorten the time the fire continues for."

"In incidents like this, pouring a huge quantity of water onto the fire is in fact not the best way to extinguish it. Our tactical firefighting plan for this incident has very much been drawn from lessons we learned at a similar incident in Thoby Lane, Mountnessing in 2014.

"One of our main priority throughout this incident has been the environmental impact and we have been working closely with the Environment Agency to keep the effects of this fire to a minimum.

"We have set up a system so that any water run off is collected into a specially designated area. We are working with the Environment Agency to manage the water, to prevent it running straight off into the water course.

"We very much appreciate that an incident like this has an impact on the local community and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding. We are working extremely hard with help from our partner agencies to bring this incident to a close as soon as we can. 

"Hoe Lane will be closed intermittently while we are still tackling this fire for the safety of our crews and our equipment. Local access to houses/businesses will of course still be available."


Click here to go our our incident log report: Incident 14925 | Hoe Lane, Nazeing

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