A joint statement has been released on the Sunderland fire
5:40pm 16th May 2018
(Updated 8:12pm 16th May 2018)
Firefighters have now been tackling a fire in Sunderland for over 48 hours, with smoke still billowing from site.
The blaze is still burning after first starting on Monday evening.
An investigation's underway into the cause, with the Environment Agency advising locals and passing drivers to keep windows closed.
They and Sunderland City Council have released a joint statement:
Joint Statement from the Environment Agency and Sunderland City Council
"Partners involved in tackling the ongoing fire at the abandoned Alex Smiles waste site in Deptford area of Sunderland are continuing to work together to contain the blaze and work towards a solution for the site.
The Environment Agency, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Sunderland City Council, Northumbria Police and Public Health England have been responding to the fire since it broke out on Monday evening.
Officers from all the agencies involved are meeting daily to assess and respond to the latest developments and agree a course of action. Environment Agency officers have attended the site to assess any potential environmental impact of the fire, and to give guidance on fire water run-off and air quality
Get the latest updates on the fire on day 3 here.