Fire crews respond to two New Forest heath blazes on World Earth Day
FIREFIGHTERS tackled two blazes on heathland in the New Forest, one of which involved a campfire, during World Earth Day.
The first call-out yesterday (Thursday) was around 5.20pm as several 999 calls reported a large amount of smoke and trees alight on Forest Front in Hythe.
Crews from the town and Hardley arrived to find flames covering an area approximately 40m by 50m, where they spent just over an hour containing the incident.
A Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said the cause was not believed to have been deliberate.
Hardley firefighters were called out again just before 8pm that night, this time to a blaze in Dibden Inclosure which turned out to be a small campfire. This was quickly put out with buckets of water.
A post on Hardley fire station’s Twitter account after the incidents noted their occurrence during the international event pledging support for environmental protection.
“[We] do our utmost to protect our heathland and enclosures on World Earth Day from those who wish to harm it,” the tweet said.
The New Forest is currently on amber wildfire alert, meaning such blazes can spread easily in current conditions; and barbecues and campfires are banned on heathland and enclosures.