Fire crews will remain at the scene of a smouldering fire at a controversial waste site for several days to prevent it spreading.
Crews were called to the former Hunter Group skip hire site in Lockwood on Tuesday morning after council environmental health officers noticed wisps of smoke coming from the top of a huge pile of shredded waste containing plastic, wood and paper.
It is believed to have started as a result of a build up of heat within the composted waste.
Two jets of water were directed onto the smouldering pile but fire crews have requested a specialist excavator to attend on Wednesday so they can get to the seat of the fire.
Huddersfield watch commander Andy Wooler was concerned to prevent a repeat of a fire several years ago at a waste transfer site at Scout Hill, Dewsbury, which burned for weeks.
Mr Wooler said: “We contained this (Lockwood) fire very quickly but it’s deep seated so we require specialist equipment to dig it out so we can get to the seat of the fire.”
He said the new operator of the site had helped by sending a JCB to create a dam to prevent contaminated water from entering the nearby river.
Mr Wooler said crews could be at the site for at least the next 48 hours “just to make sure it’s not going to spread.”
Residents who were passing the scene called for immediate action to clear the site of waste.
Mikey, who did not want to give his surname, said: “It’s disgusting and shocking. If it goes up in flames, it will take a while to put out.”
The Environment Agency, which had staff at the fire scene, is working with the council and the site owner to ensure that he complies with its permit.
By coincidence Environment Agency officers and council staff had met the new owner on the day of the fire.
The EA asked the owner for a plan on how he will comply with the the environmental permit.
The EA said it needed to give the new owner a reasonable amount of time to “bring the site into compliance” before enforcement was considered.