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Crews still on scene following large fire in forest area

PUBLISHED: 11:13 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:16 18 September 2018

Fire crews on scene at the fire close to High Lodge, Brandon. Picture: Forestry Commission Thetford Forest

Fire crews on scene at the fire close to High Lodge, Brandon. Picture: Forestry Commission Thetford Forest

Forestry Commission Thetford Forest

Fire crews are still on scene following a large fire which has damaged an estimated 20,000 square metre area of Thetford Forest.

Crews from Norfolk and Suffolk Fire Rescue Services were called just after 4.45pm on Monday to the fire close to High Lodge, in an area known as Warren Wood.

At 8pm five crews were in attendance, including a water carrier from the US Air Force based at RAF Lakenheath.

As of 11am today (Tuesday) crews are still at the forest using backpack sprayers to dampen down the area.

A post on the Thetford Forest Facebook page said: “Fire Crews are still damping down after the fire on FR16, opposite the High Lodge Exit. “There has been an estimated 20,000 square metres of damage.

“Can we remind you all that we are still on Very High Fire Danger, so please remain extra vigilant and aware of your actions that could affect the forest.”

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