Monday 7th February- Statement on behalf of Coordinating Group re Kerdiffstown fire

Date released: Feb 07 2011

 7 February 2011

Kerdiffstown Fire

Fire crews from four counties continued their fight against the landfill fire at Kerdiffstown, Naas over the weekend. The use of nitrogen to help control the fire has been successful and will continue tonight and during the coming days.

Temperatures at the site of the fire have fallen and smoke levels are down. Despite continuing improvements in air quality, health authorities are maintaining their 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