Huge fire breaks out in Thetford Forest

PUBLISHED: 08:12 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:34 26 May 2017

Thetford Forest. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Thetford Forest. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2015

Firefighters from Norfolk and Suffolk helped to tackle a huge fire in Thetford Forest.

Firefighters were called to the area of Thetford Forest, between Santon Downham and Brandon, at 2.23pm yesterday.

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When they arrived, they discovered 800sq m of trees and undergrowth well alight.

Fire appliances from Thetford, Brandon, Bury, Newmarket and Ipswich, along with water carriers from Hethersett and Newmarket tackled the blaze.

The flames were out by 8.30pm, with firefighters then dampening down the site.

It is not yet clear what started the fire, but Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service urged people to take extra care.

On Twitter, a spokesman said: “Due to the dry conditions we would like to urge members of the public to be extra vigilant when around forestry or heathland.”

Firefighters were also called to three fires on Mousehold Heath yesterday, two of which are suspected arson.

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