Landfill fire could 'burn for days' as residents urged to keep windows shut

Crews remain at the scene of the blaze with residents and motorists being warned to avoid smoke inhalation.

Dunbar landfill fire could ‘burn for days’ as residents urged to keep windows shut SFRS Scottish Borders East

Residents have been warned to keep their windows and doors closed as the thick smoke plume from a fire at a landfill site continues to be seen for miles.

Crews from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service remain at the site of the flames at Dunbar Landfill Site opposite the A1 dual carriageway.

It is believed the fire may continue to burn for many days and residents have been urged to keep windows and doors closed to prevent smoke inhalation.

The potential change in wind direction over the next 24 hours may also cause smoke to spread.

Those travelling through smoke in vehicles have been told to keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed.

Firefighters were first alerted to the blaze at 1.40pm on Monday.

Station commander, Rick Stark, who is managing the incident, said: “The rubbish fire affecting a significant area of landfill is continuing to smoulder underground.

“A fire break has been created to control the spread however the smouldering could continue for a number of days yet.

“We are working with partner agencies to minimise the disruption to the local community and to keep people updated.”

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