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Ongoing Fire Sutton Lane, Hilton (Update)

01/Dec/2017

A further multi-agency meeting has taken place today to discuss the ongoing mixed waste fire on Sutton Lane, Hilton and assess how the incident can be brought to the quickest and safest conclusion.

Ground conditions continue to prevent any firefighting taking place, however this continues to be monitored regularly.

Due to current weather conditions, some smoke continues to affect surrounding areas, particularly the Hilton and Etwall areas.

Once again, Public Health England and the Director of Public Health would like to reiterate the following advice.

Information for the public: Large fire north of Hilton

Why are we contacting local residents?

We want to inform local residents in the Hilton and Etwall area about a large fire at a farm north of Hilton, and to provide reassurance about the actions being taken to reduce any potential risk to local residents.    

What action has been taken so far?

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is working with partners to bring the incident to a safe and speedy conclusion.  However, at present the fire continues to burn because of the difficulty getting firefighting equipment to the fire due to ground conditions. 

Local agencies are working together to make sure that the fire is put out as soon as possible, and to protect the health of local people and the natural environment.

What are the risks?

People who are generally fit and well are unlikely to experience long-term health problems from temporary exposure to smoke from a fire.  Symptoms may include coughing and wheezing, sore throat, feeling short of breath, runny nose or eyes, or chest pain.  In general, exposure to smoke is more likely to affect people who have existing breathing problems, lung or heart conditions (e.g. asthma, bronchitis, chronic pulmonary disease or heart disease).

It is advised individuals in the area Hilton and Etwall area, or in neighbouring areas where they have noticed that they are affected should:

  • Limit time spent outdoors where possible
  • Avoid exercise (e.g. run, cycle or walk) outdoors in the area
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Individuals with existing health problems should ensure they take their usual medications as prescribed and seek medical advice if they experience any worsening of their symptoms.
  • Thoroughly wash any fruit or vegetables which are grown outdoors in area

If you think your health might have been affected please contact your GP or ring 111. 

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