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Dump fire to last fortnight

A FIRE in a dump, which has been burning for more than three weeks, won't be extinguished for another fortnight.

Smoke has been billowing from Kerdiffstown dump in Naas since January after a fire began burning underground.

It had been hoped the fire could be extinguished within a week but yesterday the co-ordinating group, made up of HSE, Kildare County Council and EPA representatives, dealing with the blaze said it was not likely to be extinguished for two weeks. "Even though conditions at the landfill site have improved, it remains a very dangerous area and people should not enter it for any reason," a statement said.

"An estimated 40,000 cubic metres of waste material have yet to be brought down to a safe temperature," it added.

Irish Independent