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UPDATE: Fire in 30 acres of Thetford Forest brought under control

Fire in Thetford Forest B1107'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150107-171353009
Fire in Thetford Forest B1107'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150107-171353009

Fire crews are still at Thetford Forest this morning following a large fire which spread to 30 acres.

Ten fire engines attended the incident in an area of corsican pine yesterday along with two water carriers and a number of support vehicles.

Fire in Thetford Forest B1107'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150107-161643009
Fire in Thetford Forest B1107'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150107-161643009

Five fire engines and 25 crew are currently on site this morning to dampen down any hot spots that appear.

Roger Woods, a Forestry Commission spokesman for the East of England, said the fire covered about 30 acres in an area which had recently been felled and was about a mile from the B1107.

“There were standing trees but they had recently been thinned,” Mr Woods said. “Because of the severity of the fire some of the trees will have to be harvested.”

He said the highly anticipated Forest Live gigs from today to Sunday featuring The Script, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith and Tom Odell will not be affected by the fire.

“The fire is some distance away from High Lodge so there’s no issue whatsoever with regards to the Forest Live events.”

Mr Woods added: “Our forests are very dry at the moment because we haven’t had significant rainfall for a long time.

“Don’t light barbecues or any fires in the forest and if you see a fire, dial 999 straight away.”

He urged motorists not to throw cigarette ends from cars, but to use their ash trays to take them home. A cigarette butt that appears to be out can be reignited by the wind as it flies from the car.

A spokeswoman for the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said they had been alerted to the blaze, near the B1107, at around 1.40pm yesterday.

She said crews used hose reel jets and a compressed air foam system to fight the fire and more than 50 firefighters were at the scene.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said Norfolk police were called just before 4pm today to assist with traffic control in the area as crews dealt with the fire.

She said: “Suffolk Police were notified a short time later as the location of the blaze has been determined as being in the county.”


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