Fire at Walesby

6 October 2016

The fire started on 21 September and since the remains were deemed free from the risk of spreading they have been monitored to allow them to continue burning in a controlled manner.

The stability of the structure remains an issue in the choice of tactics that can be used, and it now appears that the waste could continue to smoulder and release smoke for a significant period of time.

The best approach to deal with this in order to reduce and stop smoke will be to segregate waste from the fire and then dampen it down. Although this may cause additional smoke in the short term, it will resolve the smoke issues much sooner.

Before this approach can start, work will need to be carried out to make sure the structure is safe and make it accessible to the diggers that will carry out the segregation work. 

A spokesperson for the agencies said: "We appreciate that the smoke has been a concern for local residents and all partners are working hard to ensure the fire and the effects are dealt with.

"All smoke is an irritant, however it is not believed that there is a cause for public concern, other than the nuisance from the smoke.

"Smoke can make people's eyes and throat sore. The general advice remains that people should do all they can to stay out of the smoke including to shut windows and doors. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions should carry and use their inhalers as a precaution.

"If you have concerns about the smoke's impact on your health please call your GP surgery for advice, following any instructions for out of hours services, or contact the NHS 111 service (which is free from both landlines and mobiles and open 24/7)."

Newark and Sherwood District Council, as the lead for the overall incident, will continue to liaise with the landowner over their responsibilities and access to the site. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency and Public Health England will continue to tackle the fire, advise on the impact to the environment and impact on health respectively.

The cause of the fire will be investigated by the Fire Service when the fire is fully extinguished, whilst the Environment Agency will investigate the potential crime of storing waste on the site without the appropriate permissions.

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