Friday 11th February- Statement on behalf of Coordinating Group re Kerdiffstown fire

Date released: Feb 11 2011

11 February 2011

Kerdiffstown Fire

Firefighting is continuing at the Kerdiffstown landfill near Naas, with brigades from three counties still in attendance. Significant progress is being made in reducing the huge pile of burning waste and this is alternating with firefighting. 

The north-east section of the pile is burning more fiercely than other parts, and firefighters are due to begin a concentrated attack in that area on Sunday morning, 13 February. It is likely that this will be accompanied by an increase in smoke levels as burning material is exposed prior to being extinguished. Firefighting in the north-east section will be timed to coincide with periods when smoke is least likely to be blown over populated areas in the vicinity of Kerdiffstown and may continue on two or three days during the next week.

The fire will continue to emit some smoke until it is fully extinguished. 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 landfill site 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