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Fire At Wareham Landfill Site

wareham tip fire

9:35am 1st September 2014
(Updated 11:51am 2nd September 2014)

Firefighters are still at the scene of a blaze at Wareham's Trigon landfill site.

First calls were received by Dorset Fire and Rescue before 5 yesterday afternoon to the site on Bere Road.

Up to 30 firefighters at any one time have been on the scene at Bere Road where they manage non hazardous household and business waste.

Craig Baker, Area Manager for Dorset, said: “Crews from all over Dorset are being drafted in to tackle the blaze as it progresses. I envisage this fire is likely to burn for several days.  We will have a number of appliances extinguishing the fire throughout this period.

The cause of the incident is unclear at this time, and the advice to surrounding properties, as with any fire, is to close windows until the situation has resolved.  There is potential that the smoke in the area could appear to worsen this evening (Monday 1st) due to weather conditions. We do not believe that the smoke is hazardous but due to the weather conditions people may be able to smell the smoke some distance from the fire.”

Environmental company Viridor say the cause is unclear but is within  a contained disposal cell. They're promising a full investigation.

Dan Cooke, Director of External Affairs for Viridor, said:

“Personnel from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, supported by colleagues from Viridor, are working hard to control a fire within a contained disposal cell at Trigon landfill restoration.  Whilst the cause of the incident is unclear at this time, the advice to surrounding properties, as with any fire, is to close windows until the situation has resolved.  With stringent regulation, monitoring and training, fires at landfill sites are thankfully rare.  Staff followed standard response procedures at the site which manages non-hazardous household and business waste, and have remained present throughout the incident.”

Residents have been advised to close windows so they're not affected by the smoke, which is continuing to plume over the area.

Councillor Barry Quinn, Deputy Leader and Emergency Planning Spokesperson of Purbeck District Council, said:  “The District Council sympathises with residents who are affected by the smoke from the Trigon landfill fire and recommends that people follow the advice issued by Dorset Fire & Rescue Service, which is:

‘To close windows until the situation has resolved.  There is potential that the smoke in the area could appear to worsen this evening (Monday 1st) due to weather conditions. We do not believe that the smoke is hazardous but due to the weather conditions people may be able to smell the smoke some distance from the fire.’

The District Council is also reiterating the advice issued by Public Health England:

‘Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid areas affected by any smoke or ash or to limit the time that they spend in them. As chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health conditions, like asthma, people who are visiting the area who normally use an inhaler should carry it with them.’

Councillor Quinn added:  “Purbeck District Council would also like to thank Dorset Fire and Rescue Service for their response to the incident and for their ongoing efforts to put out the fire.”

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