Wednesday 9th February- Statement on behalf of Coordinating Group re Kerdiffstown fire

Date released: Feb 09 2011

9 February 2011

Kerdiffstown Fire

Firefighters have gained control over the landfill fire at Kerdiffstown, Naas and smoke levels in the area have been further reduced.

Even though the fire is under control, it is not likely to be fully extinguished for another two weeks. An estimated 40,000 cubic metres of waste material have yet to be brought down to a safe temperature and excavated to ensure that there is no threat of a further flare-up.

Even though conditions at the landfill site have improved, it remains a very dangerous area and people should not enter it for any reason.

Some smoke is still coming from the fire. 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 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