Sunday, June 23, 2024

100 tonnes of recycled wood alight in Orsett

Firefighters are attending an incident in which a pile of 100 tonnes of recycled wood has caught light.

The incident is at Rio Recycling in Stanford Road, Orsett.

On arrival the officer in charge reported that the fire was deep seated withing the pile of wood. Heavy plant machinery has been used to create firebreaks and firefighters are using hose reel jets to contain and control the fire while a controlled burn takes place.

A two pump relief took over at the site this morning.

This is expected to be a protracted incident.

Update: 1400 hours

Update 12:57 hrs: Crews have confirmed the fire involves 40,000 tonnes of wood chips in a quarry 80 feet deep and 600 feet wide. Surrounding risks are being protected using a water relay as the fire burns under control. ECFRS Control has been in touch with the Met Office for information relating to wind speed and direction and all appliances at the scene have been repositioned. The welfare unit and a five pump relief is due at the scene at 13:00 hrs.

The A1013 has been closed in both directions from the Orsett Cock roundabout to the next roundabout London bound.

Crews expect to remain at the scene for some days. There is no information relating to the cause at this stage.


  1. You can easily see the fire from where I am in Cliff Woods in Kent! I can’t believe how big it is!

  2. Does the smoke smell like someone smoking a cigarette nearby? There has been a smell in the air over Basildon for about a week – had to close all the windows the other night and spray the house with airfreshener as we couldn’t sleep with the awful smell. We live in the Burnt Mills area but have smelled it at Tesco Pitsea and Alton Garden Centre so it is quite widespread!


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