Thursday, 6 June 2013

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service deals with large forest fire

On 5th June, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service dealt with a serious fire in Ashdown Forest, just off the A22 north of Wych Cross by the ‘Long car park’.

The first of several 999 calls to the service was received at 1:57pm.

Resources from across the service area attended and at the height of the incident a total of sixteen fire engines were in attendance. 

In addition, up to ten 4x4 vehicles were used, a water carrier, and two incident command units. 

There was also some support from neighbouring West Sussex and Kent Fire and Rescue Services.

The Police helicopter attended to help give the Incident Commander an aerial reconnaissance of the fire. It is estimated the fire involved twenty acres of forest. South East Coast Ambulance also attended.

This was a large, protracted incident with crews working tirelessly to bring it under control. Crews were at the scene until midnight, but re-attended the following morning (6th June) at 7.30am to continue damping down the area. 

Crews will be re-attending throughout the morning to make routine checks. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

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