Residents in Chirk have been urged to close windows and doors as firefighters remain at the scene of a fire at Kronospan that broke out in the early hours of Monday morning.

Crews from Wrexham and Llangollen are continuing to tackle the fire at the site in Chirk.

The Leader:

The fire seen at Kronospan site in Chirk. Images: Kevin Corbett

Kronospan said on Monday that the fire was at their log yard - an isolated part of the site - and no-one has been injured.

Crews are expected to remain on the site throughout Tuesday afternoon and have now delivered an urgent message to residents ahead of a change in weather. 

The Leader:

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said at 2.45pm: "Crews remain on site at the Kronospan incident.

"Due to the forecasted change in wind direction, local residents are advised to close windows and doors."

Wrexham Council is advising residents to heed the following advice issued by Public Health Wales: “If you are in a place affected by smoke, stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed when affected by the smoke, but open them again to air your home when the smoke passes.

The Leader:

"If you need to be outdoors, avoid areas affected by smoke or ash, or limit the time you spend in them. Motorists who have travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

"Smoke can irritate airways, the skin and the eyes leading to coughing and wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain. This can also mean that problems such as asthma get worse; people with asthma should carry their inhaler with them at all times.

"Odours associated with fires can cause annoyance, stress and anxiety, nausea, headaches or dizziness. These are common reactions to odours, rather than to the substances that cause the smell. We are able to detect odours at levels that are much lower than can cause harm to health.

"Anyone concerned about their symptoms should contact their GP or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. The symptoms usually disappear quickly and should not lead to long term health problems. “