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Firefighters attend another heath fire in Rushmere

PUBLISHED: 14:56 08 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:56 08 July 2018

Firefighters were called to stubble and straw bale fires at Stanningfield and Beyton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Firefighters were called to stubble and straw bale fires at Stanningfield and Beyton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sarah Lucy brown

Firefighters have today tackled a blaze on heathland on the outskirts in Ipswich – the second in the area in less than three days.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called to Rushmere Heath off Camberley Road around 1.50pm today.

A fire broke out in an area of grass and trees measuring 80 metres by 80 metres.

Three fire engines were sent to the scene – one each from Ipswich East, Ipswich Princes Street and Woodbridge – and the brigade also dispatched its all-terrain Unimog vehicle.

The fire was under control by 2.45pm.

It came after another fire at the heath on Friday night, which was believed to have been started deliberately.

Firefighters spent around two hours battling the flames.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has attended a series of wildfires this weekend due to the hot weather and dry conditions.

A statement on the brigade’s Facebook page today said: “Our firefighters are at another heath fire on the outskirts of Ipswich.

“This is one of a number of fires we have attended this weekend due to the hot weather and in a different part of the Heath from Friday evening’s incident.

“With the heat set to continue into the next week we urge everyone to take care and be #fireaware.”


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