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Gorse and crop fire tackled by crews

Date : 07 August 2020

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 12.38 today (07 August 2020) to reports of a fire in fields in Piddinghoe, near Newhaven.

On arrival, crews found a significant fire involving crops and gorse and used water to douse the flames.

Four fire engines and two Land Rovers along with farm vehicles were used to create a fire break.

Firefighters had a challenging time due to the wind direction but managed to prevent the fire spreading into further fields and crops.

The fire service has now left the scene but there will be a re-inspection at around 6pm.

The cause was accidental.

Take care in the countryside

Members of the public are asked to be especially careful this weekend.

As temperatures increase more people will naturally want to take this opportunity to safely meet-up outside across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

However, dry conditions can mean that fires start very easily.

Each year UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire. Help us to help you by taking just a few simple safety steps to prevent a devastating fire in the open:

•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.

•Obey safety signs.

•Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - they can ruin whole fields of crops.


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