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Firefighters tackle major scrub fire at Leziate, near King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 15:16 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:42 03 July 2018

Firefghters deal with the aftermath of the scrub fire at Leziate, near King's Lynn   Picture: Chris Bishop

Firefghters deal with the aftermath of the scrub fire at Leziate, near King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop

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Firefighters have been dealing with a blazing embankment at former gravel workings in West Norfolk.

A large area of scrub and dried grass caught light at Brow of the Hill, along a track which leads from Leziate to Bawsey Pits.

The Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service responded to calls of a grass fire at around 12.30pm.

A firefighter damps down smouldering undergrowth at Leziate   Picture: Chris BishopA firefighter damps down smouldering undergrowth at Leziate Picture: Chris Bishop

Six pumps and a water carrier attended the scene, in a heavily-wooded area half a mile from the road. Three pumps drove into the woods, while firefighters used hosereel jets to tackle the flames.

Station manager Bob Ayres, from King’s Lynn, said at its height an area of around 400 sq m was alight.

Emergency services at Brow of the Hill, after a large area of scrub caught light  Picture: Chris BishopEmergency services at Brow of the Hill, after a large area of scrub caught light Picture: Chris Bishop

“The wind and terrain has done us a favour today,” he said, as crews damped down the scene.

While the cause of the fire is unknown, Mr Ayres said said it could have been caused by carelessness, such as a discarded cigarette butt.

Pockets of the undergrowth remained smouldering   Picture: Chris BishopPockets of the undergrowth remained smouldering Picture: Chris Bishop

Parts of the undergrowth were still smouldering, after the blaze was brought under control    Picture: Chris BishopParts of the undergrowth were still smouldering, after the blaze was brought under control Picture: Chris Bishop

A firefighter at the large scrub fire at Brow of the Hill, Leziate   Picture: Chris BishopA firefighter at the large scrub fire at Brow of the Hill, Leziate Picture: Chris Bishop

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