Large Grass Fire at Lydd
Kent Fire and Rescue are bracing themselves for a large number of Grass fires as the extra hot weather has created the ideal conditions for blazes to break out.
On Tuesday Evening one such fire was seen bellowing smoke from a site adjacent to the Lydd Ranges.
On this occasion a sway of bushes was ablaze and sending plumes of white smoke which could be seen from New Romney.
When The Looker editor David Wimble drove past New Romney Fire and Rescue were on the scene and rigging up hoses taking water from the nearby Lydd Water sports Lake.
Very quickly they were joined by other appliances from Aldington and Ashford.
With the ground like a tinderbox Firefighters raise alert over danger of barbecues and bonfires and urge holidaymakers heading to countryside: ‘Take a picnic’
Fire crews across the UK are preparing to battle wildfires as the scorching temperatures leave grass and vegetation in bone-dry conditions perfect conditions for blazes to break out.
As the country braces for at least another week of temperatures above 30°C, people have been warned not to light bonfires or BBQs in wooded areas, and to remain vigilant for signs of smoke or flame.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service urged people to “take a picnic” instead of a barbecue if heading out to the countryside.
A spokesperson said: “There are a number of hazards associated with warmer weather and drier conditions. These can all lead to greater demand on emergency services – from barbecue fires and uncontrolled bonfires, to grass fires – and increases the dangers for all of us.
“Even though we have not banned the use of open fires or non-gas barbecues we would ask you not use them if the ground and ground cover is dry and yellow. If you do decide to use open fires and non-gas barbecues please be extremely careful and remember that you do so at your own risk.
“Please consider that flying embers from the fires could cause a fire in an adjacent area. It does not take much to start a devastating fire whether it be to stubble/undergrowth/standing crop – it will soon spread and could seriously put lives at risk including those of our hardworking firefighters.”
One of the military officers who was observing the firefighting operation said: “We are monitoring the fire and maintaining close communications with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, and we are ready to assist should the fire spread beyond the current area.”