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North Runcton fire - an update

Published: Friday, 17th February 2017

A further update on the ongoing fire incident at Manor Farm in North Runcton.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the Environment Agency and Norfolk Police have issued an update on the situation at the Manor Farm site in North Runcton:

  • The fire has continued to burn at a steady pace and is now reaching the final stages of the controlled burn. It may then smoulder for up to two weeks, so residents might see some vapour during this time
  • Due to the significant reduction in smoke emissions, air quality visits are no longer required
  • With the fire now under control, all agencies agree that routine fire visits are no longer necessary
  • As with all fires, now that the site is in a good condition with minimal risk to local residents and their properties, it has been handed back to the occupier
  • Now that the fire is under control and there is minimum risk of the fire spreading, a multi-agency ‘Recovery Group’ has been set up to progress the next steps which will include testing the ground and the water
  • When the ash is completely cold it will need to be tested. This is standard practice to determine the impact on the local environment and community
  • The Recovery Group will consider options for the site and if any works may be required to protect the local environment and residents
  • There is an ongoing multi-agency investigation into the cause of the fire
  • Residents are advised that if they can no longer smell or see any smoke they can open windows and doors to ventilate their house

 

Until this time, people in the local area are advised to continue to adhere to the following safety advice:

  • Any smoke can be an irritant and as such people are advised to avoid being in the plume as far as possible and to avoid contact with any smoke deposits near to the site. Keep windows and doors shut, and avoid spending unnecessary time outdoors        
  • Chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma so people with asthma should carry their inhaler at all time
  • Motorists who have to travel through the plume should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed
  • Anyone with health concerns is advised to contact their GP, or contact the NHS 111 service out of hours

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