Fire crews attend large undergrowth fire in forest

Photo: Brandon Fire Station

Firefighters from two counties have spent Thursday evening tackling a large undergrowth fire just outside Brandon.

Three crews were initially called to the incident, not far from the A1065 to the north-east of the town at 5.11pm on 28th April.

On arrival they found a large area of undergrowth in the forest well alight which had spread to an area of approximately 5000 square metres.

Further resources from both Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service were then mobilised to help tackle the fire.

This was later upgraded to a total of fourteen appliances after further water carriers, including one from RAF Mildenhall, were requested due to the remote location of the blaze.

Firefighters from Brandon, Thetford, Hethersett, Methwold, Wickhambrook, Bury St Edmunds, Ixworth, Mildenhall, RAF Mildenhall and Newmarket were all mobilised to the incident.

The Environment Agency also assisted the fire service.

A stop to the incident was called at 9.43pm when the fire was under control.

Firefighters remained on scene for several hours to dampen down the area and prevent any reignition.

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