Ongoing fire at Sutton Lane, Hilton (update)
Firefighting has now commenced at the site of an ongoing fire on Sutton Lane, Hilton.
Ground conditions have improved and firefighters are now able to access the site and commence firefighting.
Whilst firefighting takes place, the site and local conditions will continue to be monitored as part of a multi-agency response to this incident.
As reported previously, the fire is close to Hilton Gravel Pits Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The fire service is working in partnership with the Environment Agency to manage and mitigate the risk of any contaminated fire water runoff.
Highways England have issued advice to motorists as a result of lane closures which will be in operation on the A50. One lane in both directions of the A50 will be closed between Etwall and Burnt Heath; this closure is being implemented as a precaution whilst firefighting is ongoing. Highways England provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps. Local Twitter services are also available at @HighwaysEMIDS.
Current weather conditions mean that the Hilton and Etwall areas may be affected by smoke from this fire and residents are asked to take particular notice of the advice and information issued by Public Health England and the Director of Public Health.
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 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 the area
If you think your health might have been affected please contact your GP or ring 111.
2 December 2017