At 21:32 on 28 April 2019, firefighters from Crowborough, Mayfield, Heathfield, Uckfield, Forest Row, Lewes and Seaford together with support from West Sussex and Kent Fire and Rescue attended a large fire in Ashdown Forest.
Firefighters used Land Rovers and all-terrain vehicles to access the site and used beaters and flexpacks to fight the fire.
We were supported by Ashdown Forest Rangers and Sussex Police who used a drone to survey the fire ground.
At 10:00 this morning, firefighters left the scene. Firefighters will re-attend the scene during the day for re-inspection.
Andrew Gausden (Incident Commander) said: "We received numerous calls at 9:30 last night from members of the public and the police regarding a fire in the Ashdown Forest. The fire took hold quickly and was significant with approximately 15 hectares alight in a valley area behind the back of Duddleswell.
It is always challenging with forest fires in gaining access. We used off road vehicles (5 Land Rovers) and received assistance from Kent Fire and Rescue who brought in their all-terrain vehicles to help access the scene.
We do not know the cause of the fire yet. We are working closely with Sussex Police and the Ashdown Forest Rangers to investigate the cause. We are not looking at it being a deliberate fire at this time. Investigations will take place over the next few days.
We would like to thank West Sussex Fire & Rescue, Kent Fire & Rescue, Ashdown Forest Rangers and Sussex Police for their assistance with this incident."