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Appspond Lane fire 'could take weeks' to extinguish

Fire at a recycling centre at Appspond Land, Potters Crouch
Image caption A fire has been burning the Appspond Lane recycling centre since about midnight on Saturday

A fire at a wood recycling centre near junction 8 of the M1 could take weeks to extinguish, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Firefighters were called to the site in Appspond Lane, Potters Crouch, at midnight on Saturday to tackle a blaze in a "very large pile" of timber.

At 10:45 GMT on Monday, it said four engines were still in attendance.

A spokesperson said: "It is normal for a fire of this scale to take days, or even weeks, to extinguish."

Road closures

As a result of smoke from the blaze, some roads in the area have been closed which the county council said could remain in place until mid-week.

The A414 between the A405 Park Street roundabout and junction 7 of the M1 and the A4147 between King Harry Lane and Breakspear Way have been shut.

A diversion is in place but the council warned drivers to expect congestion in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans as a result.

Meanwhile, firefighters are also investigating the cause of a huge fire at a nursery in Smallford, near St Albans, on Sunday.

Ten fire crews were sent to Glinwell Nursery, Hatfield Road at around 12:00 GMT as thousands of plastic trays caught light.

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