Dimmer landfill site fire extinguished

We are pleased to report that the fire at Dimmer landfill site near Castle Cary has now been extinguished.

Somerset County Council has been working with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service and The Environment Agency on this incident.

Smoke may still be visible so please find the following advice from Public Health England.

A spokesperson from Public Health England said:  “The risk to public health from the smoke and odour is minimal but as a precaution local residents should keep windows and doors shut. If people need to be outdoors in the area close to the site of the earlier fire they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.

“Exposure to smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma. People with asthma should carry their inhaler.”

Anyone affected by the smoke or concerned about its impact on their health should call NHS 111.