Take care when enjoying the countryside after East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a variety of fires in the open overnight. Just a few simple steps could help prevent a fire in the open and if you spot anything, please contact call 999.
The countryside code is simple to follow and will help protect the surrounding beautiful countryside, please spread these safety messages.
Every year in the UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire.
Keep our countryside and farms safe.
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.
Crews also attended a variety of other overnight incidents:
- At 15.50 yesterday (7 July) four appliances were sent to Tisbury Road, in Hove, following reports of a ground-floor flat fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets. A fire investigation will be carried out. Everyone was accounted for.
- At 16.43 yesterday (7 July) two appliances were sent to Bond Street, Brighton, following reports of a dangerous structure, involving loose masonary from the roof of a building. Two appliances attended, included the Aerial Ladder Platform and the area was made safe for the public.
- At 18.01 yesterday (7 July) an appliance was sent to The Stade, in Hastings, following reports of a small fire in the open. The crew extinguished the fire.
- At 18.29 yesterday (7 July) two appliances were sent to Carew Road, in Eastbourne, following reports of two people shut in a lift. Firefighters released two people.
- At 18.41 yesterday (7 July) firefighters were contacted to rescue one trapped seagull, stuck in netting in Middle Furlong, Seaford.
- At 19.05 yesterday (7 July) an appliance was mobilised to a fire in a woodland in Woodland Avenue, Hove. Crews used a flexible backpack, which is used for firefighting forest fires in difficult terrain, to tackle the difficult-to-reach fire.
- At 20.44 yesterday (7 July) an appliance was sent to a small fire in the open in woodland in Ridgewood, Uckfield.