Fire left to burn at Burwood Resource Recovery Park– Thursday afternoon, the fire started in a pile of recycled timber recovered from the red zone.
“The fire covers an area of approximately two hectares, is deep-seated and has the potential to burn for several days. We are confident however that the Fire left can be contained within the substantial firebreak without spreading further,” said Waste Management NZ Ltd South Island general manager Gareth James.
From the Port Hills, the blaze at the Burwood Resources Recovery Park is contained to one area and its smoke plume can be seen. The Fire left was initially under control, the westerly wind reignited the fire on Friday morning. The smoke from the fire is not believed to be toxic. The waste dumped every month in the area was about 10,000 tons.
“We’ve got between 20 and 25 fire officers on site and we’re hopeful some of the wood will be able to be saved once the fire has burnt itself out,” Gareth James said. “By the time all the private demolitions are finished in the city, we expect to have had one million tonnes brought here,” he added.
The blaze is being fought by rural fire fighters using diggers and fire engines, including one from the airport. It is not known what started the fire, but it is not thought to be suspicious. Half of the 700,000 tons of waste brought in the dump site, has been recycled.
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