Residents Warned to Stay Indoors
A 1,000-TON PILE OF ANIMAL CRAP ignited in Berkshire, England, sending a huge plume of disgustingly smelly smoke over the village of Buckelbury. The town is noteworthy to the Brits because it is the home of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife to Prince William. Three other nearby villages are experiencing the passing smoke also.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Ellie Gray said that the massive dung heap which is the size of a soccer field, ignited spontaneously in late November. The fire brigade was unable to get water to penetrate the putrid pile and then decided to stand down and let the smoldering organic "agricultural fertilizer" burn itself out.
"Although the volume of material is reducing slowly, a great deal remains and it is now thought likely that it will take at least a further two to four weeks before the material has been burned away," she said. The fire brigade further says that if they were to disturb the pile in an attempt to get to the seat of the fire, then there may be a flareup that would release hazardous smoke and gasses that would more deeply affect the residents of the area.
The Telegraph adds:
The land is owned by waste management firm Grundon and leased to a local recycling firm, Good2Grow Recycling.
A spokesman for Grundon said: "Following guidance and advice from the emergency services, we have been creating fire breaks to try to separate the material currently alight from the other green waste materials on the site. We will continue to monitor the site and offer the fire brigade whatever support we can in terms of both equipment and manpower, until everything is fully extinguished.
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