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Sherburn in Elmet Tyre Fire Being Left To Burn Out

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11:19am 17th January 2014
(Updated 4:45pm 17th January 2014)

Firefighters say the fire of 15,000 tonnes of tyres at Sherburn in Elmet is "considerably smaller" than it was yesterday. Rob Hield sent us this photo of the fire (right) which is still continuing to burn at the recycling centre on Lennerton Lane. Officials say it will continue to burn for around five days and fire crews will monitor it to stop it spreading.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that following advice from the Environment Agency they will no longer be putting water on to the fire to limit any environmental damage and will now just monitor the flames as they have been able to stop the fire spreading to the main site building.

Superintendant Richard Anderson, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “I would like to reassure residents that the fire and rescue service has the fire contained and under control.

“While the vast plume of smoke looks dramatic, the risk to the public’s health remains low at this time and I urge people to continue to follow the advice of Public Health England to ensure that they don’t suffer any ill-effects from the smoke."

“All the agencies involved in this incident are working hard to minimise the impact of this incidents on our communities and I thank them for their continued efforts.”

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The investigation into what caused the fire has begun but officials say it's too early to say what started it.

People living nearby are still being advised to stay inside with doors and windows closed but the health risk to the public is low. A Public Health England spokesman said: “So far, there have been no reports of any people experiencing ill effects from this fire. However, sheltering indoors provides protection from exposure to smoke, so we advise residents in areas affected by smoke from the fire to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed as much as possible to limit any exposure to smoke. Reports from the scene indicate that the smoke is not affecting areas close to the site at this point in time.”

“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.

"The emergency services are on-site dealing with the fire and the other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation and issue any necessary further advice to the public, businesses and organisations affected.”

The spokesman added that the any adverse impact on long-term health is limited.

He said: “While adverse long term health effects cannot be completely ruled out, the risks are likely to be very low. It is generally accepted that exposure to harmful substances over a long time period would be necessary to produce longer-term health effects.”

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Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams visited the recycling centre to see the scale of the damage earlier today.

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