Plume of smoke visible from Oakley scrap yard fire

Tue 22 Dec, 2015

Firefighters from four stations are currently at the scene of a fire at a scrap yard in Oxford Road, Oakley.

Crews from Aylesbury, Wycombe, Waddesdon and Thame are currently using a CAFS jet, a ground monitor and a main jet to prevent the fire spreading across the site, and a 200m cordon has been set up around the site due to the presence of acetylene cylinders.

UKPowerNetworks are at the scene as overhead cables are involved, and we are liaising with Public Health England, the Environment Agency and National Chemical Emergency Centre for advice in relation to a large plume of smoke which can be seen in the area, and from the M40 Motorway.

A Public Health England spokesman said: “Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.

“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.”