Firefighters at two wildfires at Turners Hill near Crawley

FIREFIGHTERS were at two wildfires with plumes of smoke visible from “several miles away”.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) crews responded to two fires on Selsfield Road, Turners Hill, near Crawley around 2pm this afternoon.

Around 40 hectares of grassland were destroyed by one of the fires.

A WSFRS spokesman said: “We are currently dealing with two field fires at Selsfield Road, Turners Hill.

The Argus: This afternoon's smoldering fireThe smoldering fire this afternoon

“The fires create large plumes of smoke that can be seen from several kilometers away.

“If you are around, please close your doors and windows.”

Both fires were extinguished by 3:15 p.m. and WSFRS confirmed that the crews had been detached.

The Argus: Heavy plumes of smoke off Turners HillHeavy plumes of smoke on Turners Hill

A spokesman added: “All crews are now being detached and crews from East Grinstead will return later for re-inspections.

“In the current conditions it’s important that we are made aware of fires as soon as they occur, so a big thank you to everyone who called 999.”

There was wildfire this afternoon near Falmer Road, Woodingdean, as well as a fire at Forest Row near East Grinstead. Firefighters at two wildfires at Turners Hill near Crawley

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