Monday, 26 March 2012

Firefighters re-inspect scene of fire at Ashdown Forest

A re-inspection will take place this morning following a large fire at Ashdown Forest over the weekend.

Crews remained on the scene until 6am when the stop message came in and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will meet with forest rangers to discuss the situation.

Sixteen fire engines and six Land Rover pumps were used to tackle the fire yesterday afternoon (Sunday March 25th).

The Service was assisted by West Sussex as well as Kent Fire & Rescue Services.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind the public the importance of taking care in the countryside:

Forest Safety Advice:

  • Extinguish cigarettes properly and don't throw cigarette ends on the ground
  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside - check local bylaws.
  • Don't leave bottles or glass in woodland - sunlight shining through glass can start fires.
  • Take your rubbish home with you or use waste bins.
  • Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended - check local bylaws before use.
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it to the Fire and Rescue Service immediately
  • Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out quickly and easily with a bucket of water - leave the area as soon as possible.

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