Firefighters attend another heath fire in Rushmere

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

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


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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.

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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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