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Countryside warning following two wildfires

Date : 26 February 2019

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Countryside lovers are being urged to take care and stay alert following two wildfires today (26 February).

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are currently tackling separate on-going incidents - the first in Nutley and the second in Ashdown Forest.

The public are urged to avoid both areas whilst crews deal with these wildfires.

However, the public can assist by adhering to the Countryside Code, which contains advice for the public and landowners.

  • At 14.48 firefighters were still tackling a wildfire in Milbrook Hill, Nutley, covering 35 square hectares. Seven appliances still at the scene, including specialist Land Rovers, and a Command Support Unit. Incident ongoing so please avoid the area. Steady progress being made. Both the police and the Highways Agency are attending.
  • A second wildfire in Kids Hill, Ashdown Forest, has now been escalated to a six appliance incident, supported by a Land Rover specialist fire vehicle.

We will keep you updated on both ongoing incidents.

Campers and ramblers 

  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside
  • Sunlight shining through glass can start large fires - take glass bottles/jars home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
  • Keep young children and ball games away from barbecues
  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly
  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended
  • Ensure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents
  • Only camp and picnic in designated areas
  • Obey safety signs
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - they can ruin whole fields of crops

If a fire breaks out 

If a fire breaks out, call 999 immediately.

It can be hard to give the location for an open area so mention any landmarks, such as a public house or a church in the vicinity.

Don't tackle fires yourself. Always leave it to the professionals. 


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