New Warning Issued As Sherburn in Elmet Tyre Fire Smoke Gets Lower
11:34am 20th January 2014
A new warning has been issued as the smoke from the Sherburn in Elmet tyre fire is set to get lower due to a drop in wind strength combined with fog.
But authorities say the risk to the public is still low and the fire at the recycling plant is under control and reducing in size and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Police retain a presence at the scene.
However, in response to the potential of the smoke plume lowering up until around midday today, Public Health England has again advised people to stay away from the smoke.
Staying indoors provides protection from exposure to smoke, so people living near the fire should stay inside and keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.
Anyone who suffers from respiratory conditions, such as asthma, is advised to ensure they have taken any prescribed medication and keep it to hand.
If you are concerned about the effects of smoke on your health, telephone your GP or call 111 for advice.
Motorists who have to travel through any smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.
Officials from the Environment Agency, the Met Office and other agencies will continue to monitor the smoke plume as the fire continues to burn out, which could last for several more days.
Superintendent Andy McMillan of North Yorkshire Police, who is co-ordinating the multi-agency response, said: “Residents and people who work in the Sherburn in Elmet area can be assured that partner agencies are working very closely together to minimise the impact of the fire and to ensure that people are kept safe.
“With this type of situation, which can be hard to predict due to weather conditions, our advice is to stay alert, take precautions and stay indoors to avoid coming into contact with the smoke.
“If you or someone you know begins to feel unwell due to the possible effects of smoke, please seek medical attention immediately if you have health concerns.”
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