Firefighters called to Mousehold Heath wildfire for second time in one day

Fire fighters tackle a fire at Mousehold Heath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Fire fighters tackle a fire at Mousehold Heath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Firefighters have again been called to Mousehold Heath in Norwich for the second time in one day as blazes sparked by tinder dry conditions across the county continue.

Four crews were called to the beauty spot, which has been a hot bed for fires during the heatwave, at 1.15pm and were faced with a 50m by 50m area which was alight.

The fire was brought under control and no more crews were necessary.

But the call was just the latest Norfolk Fire and Rescue crews had endured in recent weeks, as pressure remained.

This afternoon's call was the 23rd to Mousehold Heath alone since the start of June.

Earlier this week, Garry Collins, head of protection and prevention at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: 'Open fires can quickly spread and endanger life.

'Some of these incidents were not intentional but if you are somewhere and a fire starts, it is hugely important that you call 999 as quickly as possible to prevent a small fire becoming a bigger fire.

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'We continue to ask the public not to start camp fires and bonfires in these tinder dry conditions. Please heed the current advice and suspend all use of naked flames and take extreme care when discarding cigarettes.

'The impact of these careless acts presents a huge risk to lives and property and many of the recent fires could have been avoided.'