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Ongoing Fire Sutton Lane, Hilton (Update)


Firefighting has now concluded at the site of an ongoing mixed waste fire on Sutton Lane, Hilton and responsibility for the land is currently in the process of being be handed back to the landowner.

On 22 November, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) was mobilised to a fire in the open. 

Ground conditions and the close proximity of the site to Hilton Gravel Pits, Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), have both been factors in the tactical response to the fire and DFRS has been working in partnership with the Environment Agency to manage and mitigate the risk of any contaminated fire water runoff. 

As part of the overall multi-agency response to the incident, South Derbyshire District Council has been monitoring the air quality in surrounding areas and Public Health England and the Director of Public Health have issued advice to people in the surrounding areas accordingly.

DFRS Area Manager Bob Curry said: “Firefighting has now ceased and we are in the process of handing the land back to the landowner.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the multi-agency response to this incident, and their efforts in coming together to resolve the incident as quickly as possible”

As the site cools down there may continue to be some smoke, therefore the advice from Public Health England and the Director of Public Health stands:

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.  

Local agencies have been 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 the area

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

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