Sussex Fire Brigade battle wildfire in field in dry conditions

FIRE crews fought a field fire that broke out as Sussex endured its hottest temperatures on record.

They were at the scene of the fire at Long Furlong, near Worthing, in the early afternoon, spraying water on the burned ground.

Temperatures in the county hit 37.6C in the village of Herstmonceux yesterday, beating a heat record set exactly 16 years ago in Wiggonholt, near Peterborough.

A spokeswoman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue said: “At 1.43pm this afternoon we responded to a field fire at Long Furlong, Clapham.

“Joint Fire Control dispatched a Worthing fire engine to the scene.

“Crews found about 100 square meters of burning straw and firefighters used two hose reels and a thermal imaging camera to put it out before leaving the scene at 2.18pm.

“Although temperatures are beginning to drop, the ground still remains extremely dry and there is therefore a very high risk of serious wildfires.

The Argos:

Fire services in London yesterday endured their busiest day since World War Two, as wildfires engulfed homes and mercury rose above 40C for the first time in Britain.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said London Fire Brigade had received more than 2,600 calls, with over a dozen simultaneous fires across the capital.

Some 41 properties were destroyed in London, with a fire in Wennington devastating two rows of terraced houses and four other houses, as well as outbuildings, garages, stables and cars, and affecting 40 hectares of grassland.

The West Sussex Fire Service spokeswoman said she was “quite lucky” and didn’t see as many wildfires as in other parts of the country yesterday, with crews called out to six grassland fires.

She said: “Wildfires have a significant impact on communities and can take days to extinguish.

“As such, we would urge people to avoid campfires and barbecues at this time, ensure smoldering materials such as cigarettes are fully extinguished before disposal, and that litter – especially glass – is taken home.”

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