Tuesday 1st February: Statement on behalf of Co-ordinating Group regarding Kerdiffstown fire

Date released: Feb 01 2011

News editors:
Please note that the HSE has asked that the advice mentioned in the
second and third paragraphs below be given special emphasis.

Kerdiffstown Fire
Firefighters from Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Wicklow, together with civil defence personnel, are continuing to suppress the fire at Kerdiffstown landfill near Naas. While further progress was made today (1 February), it is likely that the fire will not be fully extinguished before the end of the present week.

Emissions from the site are now less evident, but there is still a relatively narrow plume, or band, of smoke which will travel several miles from Kerdiffstown depending on wind and other weather conditions. The HSE has repeated its advice that people should avoid the plume and stay inside, with windows and doors shut, whenever the plume is passing over their houses or other premises. This advice is as important to schools as it is to households.

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 following are the contact numbers for the agencies dealing with 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)