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Plea to carry out only essential prescribed fires

Date : 27 March 2020


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In view of the current challenges with COVID-19, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service requests that all land owners and land managers across our Service area only undertake prescribed fires if absolutely essential to do so. 

We recognise that, because of a lot of wet weather during the current burn season, there will be a desire to take advantage of good conditions to undertake prescribed burning on the run-up to the end of the burning season on either 31st March - or 15th April, if in an upland area.

If the burns are essential, please ensure that you have sufficient personnel and resources to control and extinguish the burn safely. We urge land owners and land managers to exercise caution. 

Whilst conditions may be good for burning, they could also be supportive of very large wildfires. It is vitally important during these challenging and unprecedented time that we all need to take proactive and responsible steps to reduce the likelihood of wildfires starting and support East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to maintain effective FRS response and resilience.

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