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Fire Chief – Take more care in woodlands

8th August 2018
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Fire Chief – Take more care in woodlands

The incident commander of the fire at Oak Tree Heath this lunchtime has urged the public to be more careful, when it comes to disregarding rubbish and extinguishing cigarettes – following the blaze which spread across 10,000 square meters of health land earlier today.

Notts Fire station manager and incident commander Craig Day said “The fire on Oak Tree Health did start in quite a dynamic nature, given the dry spell [of weather] that we’ve had. All the grass, the undergrowth and heath is very dry so crews were immobilised and very quickly adopted several different approaches of attack to surround the fire and stop it from spreading.

“All the vegetation is tinder dry, so I would ask for people, as much as they enjoy the outdoor spaces, to be mindful of their actions – things like discarded cigarettes, litter especially glass can reflect the light [sunlight] and be an ignition source.

“We had six pumping appliances and our command support unit [in attendance] – we will be here [on scene] for approximately two hours further there is still some smoke drifting so please do keep doors and windows closed – and I would still ask that members of the public do avoid the area, to give us room to continue our operations.”

It’s the second woodland fire in as many days, following a blaze across a thousand square meters of grass at Racecourse Park in Mansfield yesterday.    

 

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