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Further blazes - and people ignoring plea not to have bonfires - continue to keep Norfolk firefighters busy

PUBLISHED: 08:35 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 22 July 2018

Fire fighters tackle a fire at Mousehold Heath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Fire fighters tackle a fire at Mousehold Heath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Firefighters across Norfolk endured another busy night, with more fires breaking out amid tinderbox dry conditions.

There has been a surge in calls to Norfolk Fire and Rescue since the start of June, which continued last night and into this morning.

Grass and crop fires have been particularly prevalent in recent weeks, with more than 20 having broken out in Mousehold Heath in Norwich since the heatwave began.

And crews from Carrow and Earlham were back at the heath early this morning. They were called there at just after 3.30am this morning.

They used hoses and backpack sprayers to douse a grass fire. Crews had twice been called to the heath yesterday.

Other fires in the open were tackled at Back Road, in Pentney at just after 4.30am today and, at Salisbury Road in Great Yarmouth at 9.40pm yesterday.

Last night also saw firefighters tackle woodland on fire at Earlham Road in Norwich at just after 9pm and a grass fire at Guinevere Road in Gorleston at just before 7.30pm.

Crews from Stalham, Martham, North Walsham and Great Yarmouth tackled a fire in the open at Waxham at about 6.30pm.

They also dealt with straw bales on fire in Crostwick at just after 12.30am this morning and in West End Avenue in Brundall at a little after 1.15am.

Firefighters also attended a number of false alarms triggered by bonfires, despite fire chiefs having urged people not to have bonfires in the current conditions.

There were such incidents in Sprowston, Witard Road and Sandy Lane in Norwich, Gorleston and Nordelph.

And, at 10.45pm last night, crews were called to a caravan fire in Hockwold Road in Hockwold cum Wilton, near Thetford.

Crews from Methwold, Downham Market and Thetford helped put out the flames.

Garry Collins, head of protection and prevention at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, recently said: “Open fires can quickly spread and endanger life.

“Some of these incidents were not intentional but if you are somewhere and a fire starts, it is hugely important that you call 999 as quickly as possible to prevent a small fire becoming a bigger fire.

“We continue to ask the public not to start camp fires and bonfires in these tinder dry conditions. Please heed the current advice and suspend all use of naked flames and take extreme care when discarding cigarettes.

“The impact of these careless acts presents a huge risk to lives and property and many of the recent fires could have been avoided.”

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