Friday 4th February-Statement on behalf of Coordinating Group on Kerdiffstown Fire

Date released: Feb 04 2011

4 February 2011

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF CO-ORDINATING GROUP


Further Progress with Kerdiffstown Fire

Firefighters from Kildare, Wicklow, Laois and Dublin have made further progress today (4 February) in bringing the landfill fire at Kerdiffstown, Naas under control.

Smoke levels in the area have been falling and air quality is continuing to recover. However, some smoke will be emitted from the fire until it is fully extinguished, and this may form a plume which can be carried by the wind for a distance from the landfill site. Wind directions may change over the weekend and this in turn would affect the direction of any plume that does form.

The HSE has repeated its advice that people should avoid any smoke plume and stay inside, with windows and doors shut, whenever it is passing over their houses or other premises. Some people may be sensitive to the effects of smoke. Those with existing respiratory or cardiac problems, young children and the elderly may experience symptoms. The HSE has advised that people with symptoms should reduce their level of activity, take medications as prescribed and consult their doctor.

The site at Kerdiffstown remains a very dangerous area and people should not enter it for any reason.

The following are the contact numbers for agencies dealing with the situation at Kerdiffstown:
Health Service Executive,
(Department of Public Health):    01 635 2151 (Office hours only)

Environmental Protection Agency:   01 268 0100 (Office hours only)
053 916 0600 (Message Service
   out of hours)

Kildare County Council:     045 980 200 (Office hours)
1890 50 03 33 (Out of hours
       emergency)

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