Warm weather to keep firefighters busy

Warm mainly dry weather looks set to continue into the weekend - which is not good news for firefighters who had another busy day yesterday. Crews spent seven hours tackling a fire in a tip containing 50,000 tonnes of rubbish.

Warm mainly dry weather looks set to continue into the weekend - which is not good news for firefighters who had another busy day yesterday.

Crews spent seven hours tackling a fire in a tip containing 50,000 tonnes of rubbish.

The blaze broke out at Oaklands Pit at Aldeby, near Beccles, before midnight on Wednesday.

Four fire engines attended and found 2,500 tonnes of waste going up in flames. The last crews left just before 7am yesterday.

Crews from Thetford, Brandon and a water carrier from Hethersett were called to St Helens picnic site at Santon Downham at 4.40am following reports of three acres of grassland on fire.

The blaze was under control by 6.30am but officers were at the scene until midday damping down.

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A grass fire at Blue Boar Lane in Sprowston claimed the attention of one crew at 11.26am.

The deep-seated fire in the undergrowth was under control at 12.19pm but the Sprowston crew stayed damping down until 1.40pm.

Firefighters from Holt were called to a hedge fire at Norwich Road, Edgefield at 12.15pm and took 10 minutes to bring it under control.

A baler and 20 hectares of stubble on fire near the B1111 at East Harling was attended by four crews and the water tanker from Lakenheath at 12.40pm.The fire was surrounded at 1.20pm with crews protecting the crops until 2.35pm.

At 12.43pm a crew from Loddon was called to a field fire at Loddon Road, Framingham Pigot which was under control in about 15 minutes.

Crews from Harleston and Wymondham were sent to 100sq m of undergrowth alight at Earsham, near Bungay at 1.50pm.

Three crews from Sheringham and Cromer were sent to Hart Lane, Bodham to deal with four acres of straw on fire at 2.50pm and spent more than half an hour bringing it under control.

Although there was a small reprieve from the sweltering heat of Wednesday's record-breaking temperatures yesterday, the warm weather shows no signs of letting up.

Phil Garner, a WeatherQuest forecaster based at UEA in Norwich, said: "It looks like most of us will get away with a dry day today. The winds will be west or south westerly and the sky will remain cloudy but with sunny spells at times. It will reach about 27C or 28C and will feel muggy.

"Tomorrow there is the possibility of heavy thundery showers. The wind will be coming from a more east or north easterly direction and temperatures will be about 25C or 26C.

"Sunday will be a better day. It will remain dry right the way through with rather patchy cloud and sunshine. Temperatures will reach 27C or 28C."

The heatwave has led to a new rush of wagers on temperatures topping the 100F mark.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes said customers are continuing to place bets on the mercury rising higher, despite signs it is cooling down.