Forest fire lasts a day

Annesley Forest Fire

Annesley Forest Fire

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FIREFIGHTERS battled for more than a day to put out a large tree and grass fire in Annesley Woodhouse.

Crews were called out to a blaze on a 300x200 metre patch of forest land off Weavers Lane at about 5.10 pm on Tuesday.

It was only after 6.30 pm on Wednesday that crews from across the region were able to leave the scene.

Water carriers were needed to try and get water to the remote spot, while firefighters used hose reels and beaters to help extinguish the flames.

A Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said there was no way of knowing if the fire had been started deliberately.

Rachael Banks, community safety advocate for the fire service, said the blaze highlighted the problems they faced when dealing with forest fires.

“More than 40 fire crews were involved in tackling this blaze over a 24-hour period,” she said. “That’s almost 200 firefighters.

“Yet fires like this can be prevented if people take care with cigarette ends, matches, camp fires and barbecues and don’t leave litter lying around which can easily catch fire.”

The fire service has teamed up with the Forestry Commission and other organisations to improve the information available to firefighters called to fires in forests and on heathland. Danger signs have been put up in vulnerable areas.

n OUR PHOTO shows a firefighter helping to put out the Annesley Woodhouse blaze — DISPIC NMAC11-2226-3.