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Incident - Landfill Site Fire

Date: 28/08/2017
Time: 16:35
Location: Dimmer Landfill Site, Dimmer Lane, Castle Cary, Somerset.
Area: Somerset
County: Somerset

Fire Control received several calls to reports of smoke issuing from the area of Dimmer Landfill Site.

1 fire appliance from Castle Cary was mobilised.  On arrival, crews requested further assistance and made pumps 6.

Crews from Wincanton, Yeovil, Shepton Mallet and Somerton along with specialist appliances from Street and Bridgwater were also mobilised, soon after, the incident was escalated to 12 pumps and the high volume pump from Taunton.  Dorset & Wiltshire are also providing appliances to assist Devon & Somerset with this incident.

This is a fire involving approx. 100m by 100m of landfill, deep seated.  Crews are currently at work with 6 attack jets.  The high volume pump will shortly be setting in to the River Brue for water. 

Fire Service are aware of the large smoke plume and the environmental impact this causes, we are advising all local residents to keep windows and doors closed.

Update 23:22

Fire crews have now managed to reduce the fire front to 20m by 30m, the incident will, however, be protracted.  Crews are working alongside site staff using machinery to create a fire break. 

Update 07:51

Crews have been making steady progress through the night.  The High Volume Pump has been in use, pumping water from the River Brue.  Crews are currently at work in 2 different sectors, sector 1, there are 2 jets in use and sector 4, 3 jets in use. 

Update 09:04

Crew making steady progress working with Viridor to remove earth cap.

Update 11:36

Good progress is being made incident is scaling down significantly.

Update 14:44

Fire measuring approximately 100m by 100m in landfill site extinguished using 6 mains jets. Crew utilised on site machinery to removed overspill, water supplies secured from the River Alford using the high volume pump. Various hydrants around Castle Cary were used throughout the incident using 2 water carriers and fire appliances to shuttle water.

Information from Public Health England

The risk to public health from the smoke and odour is minimal but as a precaution local residents should keep windows and doors shut.  If people need to be outdoors in the area close to the site of the fire, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

A consultant in Public Health from PHE South West said:

“Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors in the area close to the site of the fire, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.

“Exposure to smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma. People with asthma should carry their inhaler.”

Anyone affected by the smoke or concerned about its impact on their health should call NHS 111.

 

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