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Monday, July 02, 2018

Winter Hill fire - information and advice

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze on moorland at Winter Hill since Thursday 28 June.​​ 

As firefighters respond to the moorland fire, be reassured that more are there in readiness 24/7 to deal with other emergencies when required. Help them by taking care when out in the countryside or on the moors to prevent any further wildfires.

Health advice

We are aware that residents in West Lancs may be able to smell smoke or may have seen ash deposits in the local area.

The health advice from Public Health England is:

Dr John Astbury, Consultant in Health Protection, said: "Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local media station for advice and information. Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed and switch air conditioning systems to recycle or recirculate air.  If people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

"Smoke can irritate air passages, the skin and the eyes leading to coughing and wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain. It can also worsen existing problems such as asthma and people with asthma should carry their inhaler with them at all times. Anyone concerned about their symptoms should contact their GP or NHS 111.”

PHE appreciates the hot weather is having a combined effect and also recommends that people in affected areas:

  • draw curtains to limit direct sunlight heating-up internal surfaces in the home
  • use fans to recirculate air within the house to help keep cool
  • wear lighter clothing
  • keep hydrated with cool drinks
  • limit activities that might contribute to emissions within the home such as cooking
  • set any air conditioning to recirculate mode
  • limit the time you spend outdoors and avoiding strenuous physical activity.

Once the smoke has moved away, consider opening doors and windows to allow the house to cool down.

You can also visit the Public Health England (external link) website for up-to-date information and advice.

Updates on social media

For the latest updates we’d recommend checking the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Twitter (external link) and Facebook (external link) pages.

Stay away from the area

We know that Rivington is a popular visitor destination - while the fires are being tackled people are being advised to stay away. If you are looking for somewhere else to visit go to visitlancashire.com (external link) for ideas for days out.

 

 

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