INCREASED emergency service activity is expected at the site of a huge battery recycling plant fire in Kilwinning.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has moved to inform locals of the intended work which is to take place from this afternoon, Wednesday, April 10.

The fire service is urging residents to not be alarmed if they notice an increase in smoke plumes coming from the site after works commenced from 2pm.

Area Commander Ian McMeekin, local senior officer for East, North and South Ayrshire, said: “Currently, the smoke plume has reduced, and the fire is under control.

“The increased activity from 2pm onwards will allow fire crew and partners to gain access to the site to bring the incident to a conclusion.

“Residents may notice an increase in activity while we work to gain access to the site. Do not be alarmed if you see an increase in smoke. The fire within the site will remain under control as we work to bring the incident to a conclusion.

“We urge residents to remain at home with windows and doors shut. If travelling through smoke, motorists should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“We continue to work with the recycling centre and partner agencies to minimise the disruption to the local community and will continue to provide updates.”

The fire at the Fenix battery recycling plant broke out at around 10pm on Monday, April 8.

At its height, around 40 firefighters were mobilised to the scene after the alarm was raised at the Byrehill Place site.

Two appliances and one height vehicle currently remain at the scene.