Health advice for people affected by Salisbury Plain fires

Salisbury Plain Fire Urchfont July 2018

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:26pm 12th July 2018. (Updated at 3:51pm 12th July 2018)

Public Health England has given us some tips, while the MOD says they 'appreciate the inconvenience' the blazes are causing.

The blazes have been burning for 10 days now (since Monday July 2nd), causing huge problems for local people.

Smoke from the fires can be seen for miles, while people have been concerned about the smell and the haze and poor visibility it brings.


Public Health England has put out some new tips from people with concerns:

“Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, and keep their doors and windows closed. Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed and switch on 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 NHS 111.”



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The fires have been burning for the last couple of weeks

The Ministry of Defence has also given us this statement: 

“The fire is well within the impact zone, we have fire wardens monitoring the site and, if the flames start to spread outside of that area, we can bring in the Fire and Rescue Service to assist.

“We fully appreciate the inconvenience caused to the communities in and around the Plain. The fire itself is not a risk to property, but we do recognise that the smoke is very unpleasant.”

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Jalland is a Grenadier Guardsman, who lives locally, and he explained to Spire FM how vital it is for not only them to be able to go back to firing on the range.

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