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Wildfire warning for East Anglia sparks fire service message to Suffolk residents

PUBLISHED: 17:01 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:01 09 August 2016

Firefighters tackle a heath field fire in Suffolk.

Firefighters tackle a heath field fire in Suffolk.

A wildfire warning has been issued for East Anglia by the Met Office ahead of warmer temperatures expected at the end of the week.

Now Suffolk firefighters are urging residents to be aware of the risk of such fires, after a large blaze tore through a field in Bedingfield yesterday.

Seven crews attended the incident, where around 50 acres of stubble were set alight.

“We’d like to warn residents as Suffolk is a rural county and could be at risk of fires like we have seen in Bedingfield today as the month goes on,” said Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s area commander John Cook.

Safety of residents and preventing loss of crops are key priorities for the service, Mr Cook added.

“People need to be careful when lighting barbecues in rural areas, and to think twice when discarding smoking equipment,” he said.

David Scott, the owner of Bedingfield Hall Farms which was affected by yesterday’s fire, praised the “professional” work of firefighters after their quick actions helped contain it.

“The fire service were brilliant,” he said. “They were very quick to respond and very professional.

“No damage was done and the fire service did a good job of stopping it spreading.”

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