29 June 2015
dimmer fire update

This item is drawn from the avon and somerset police website - a link to that site is provided at the end of the article. This article is provided for information only and does not neccessarily represent the views of the council.


Advice to residents following fire at Castle Cary landfill site

Added to Avon & Somerset police website on 29 June 2015 at 16:07

Members of the public are being advised that, at present, the fire at Castle Cary Landfill site poses a negligible risk to the health of residents.

The site, also known as the Dimmer landfill site, only deals with non-hazardous waste. The fire and rescue services have been working throughout the night to contain the fire, which broke out yesterday (27/06) in one of the landfill cells. It is anticipated that it might take several days to extinguish the fire.

A multi-agency response team has been assembled including; Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset police, the Environment Agency, the Somerset Waste Partnership,

Public Health England and local authorities. A spokesman for Public Health England said: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed.

"Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

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

If anyone experiences prolonged symptoms of irritation, they should call NHS 111. The Environment Agency has confirmed that, at present, the fire poses a very low risk to the water environment.

Water being used to extinguish the fire is being contained on site and is not running into the wider environment or surrounding watercourses. The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Dimmer is expected to remain open as usual but may face some disruption at times to give priority for fire service vehicles and ensure safety.

The Somerset Waste Partnership has warned that some rubbish collections in the local area could be delayed as a result of the fire.

If your collection is missed, this should be reported the following day in the usual way to your district council customer services, contact details for which can be found at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/contact.


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