Sussex Fire Brigade issues warning as fires break out in heatwave


The Fire Service have warned there is a very high risk of wildfires across Sussex as temperatures soar to near record levels.

Mercury levels have continued to rise across the county as the heatwave continues across England with temperatures hitting 35C at Gatwick Airport earlier today.

Firefighters across Sussex are urging the public to stay outside safe and take action to prevent wildfires from starting.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue said firefighters had already tackled several outdoor fires across the county today.

A spokesman said although the fires were “nothing too serious” people should “take extra care and call 999 immediately if you need us”.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue urged people to avoid open fires in the countryside, extinguish cigarettes properly, take rubbish home, including glass, and call 999 if they see a fire.

The Met Office has warned that wildfires in Sussex could be “exceptionally severe” if they broke tomorrow, when temperatures are expected to approach closer to 40C.

A national emergency remains in effect across England due to the extreme heat. Sussex Fire Brigade issues warning as fires break out in heatwave

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