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Met Office EMARC team helps with scene of major agricultural fire near Mitchell

The Met Office is one of a number of agencies helping in response to the large fire in Cornwall

ByHoward Lloyd

  • 16:58, 3 MAY 2021
  • UPDATED18:24, 3 MAY 2021

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The Met Office is helping the fire service as it tackles a dangerous agricultural fire in Cornwall.

Firefighters continue to tackle the blaze, which has been raging in a barn near Gummow’s Shop close to Summercourt since shortly before noon today (Monday, May 3).

It is understood that fertiliser is alight, with nearby residents being urged to keep their doors and windows closed because of the danger of harmful fumes.

It has been confirmed that a number of agencies, including Public Health England, Environment Agency and Met Office, are all helping in the response.

The Exeter-based Met Office has told CornwallLive that its expertise is being used to try and predict the movement of potentially dangerous smoke coming from the inferno.

Meteorologist Steven Keates said: “We are helping with our EMARC team. EMARC stands for Environmental Monitoring and Response Centre and when a fire involves chemicals or fertilisers like this one, quite often the emergency services are interested to know where the smoke will blow.

“If the smoke contains pollutants, they can obviously be dangerous.

“We have a programme which works on atmospheric dispersion – it looks at wind strength, direction, vertical stability of the air – things like that. We run dispersion models showing where the smoke is expected to drift.

“It is standard operating procedure when things like tyres go up, that sort of thing. It is better to be safe than sorry.”

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The response has led to resources from 11 fire stations in Cornwall with crews from Newquay, Truro, Perranporth, St Columb, St Dennis, WadebridgeSt Austell, Tolvaddon, LiskeardPenzance and Launceston fire stations.

At the scene are at least eight pumps as well as water carriers, aerial appliances, operational support units, environmental support units and an incident command unit, with the response being led by a tactical commander.

Firefighters have confirmed they expect the blaze to continue for some time.

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