Sunday, March 25, 2012

Large fire at Ashdown Forest

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has been fighting a large fire at Ashdown Forest this afternoon (Sunday March 25th).

The initial call was received at 1.45pm and the first crew arrived at the scene at 1.58pm. The fire is located in the Kings Standing area of the forest across an area of about 28 hectares. Sixteen fire engines and six Land Rover pumps have been used to tackle the blaze.

The Service was assisted by West Sussex and Kent Fire & Rescue Services, with crews mobilised from across East Sussex.

There are not thought to be any injuries but the Ambulance Service is attending as a precautionary measure. Sussex Police motorcyclists and Ashdown Forest Rangers are patrolling the area and a number of roads within the forest have been closed as a precaution.

The fire was declared as surrounded at 5.10pm and is now under control. The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and is being investigated.

The Incident Commander, Adrian Brown, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“This fire has devastated a large area of heathland and natural habitat, which is of importance for nesting birds. In this dry weather we’d like to again remind members of the public to take care in the countryside. This is the second fire we have had to attend in Ashdown Forest this weekend.”

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