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Suffolk Fire and Rescue attend over 300 field fires in July with demand set to continue



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Suffolk Fire and Rescue saw a huge increase in the number of field fires attended during the month of July.

Firefighters attended over 300 incidents involving field fires last month, compared to 73 during the same period in July 2021, and 100 for 2020.

It follows an extremely busy period for firefighters, amid hot weather and lack of rainfall in the region.

Firefighters were called to a field fire in Westley this week. Picture: Mark Westley
Firefighters were called to a field fire in Westley this week. Picture: Mark Westley

July 19 saw a major incident declared by Suffolk Fire and Rescue following increased demand, with crews attending more than 60 incidents during the day.

The increase has continued into August, with firefighters attending field fires in East Bergholt, Little Glemham, Ixworth and Claydon today alone.

Jon Lacey, Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have seen a significant increase in incidents recently because of prolonged periods of dry heat, and with Suffolk being a predominantly rural county, fires in the open are far more common.

Crews battled a field fire in Barham. Picture: Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Crews battled a field fire in Barham. Picture: Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

“Our fire service works tirelessly to get these incidents under control and help minimise the risk of injuries or damage to nearby properties, and I know that our efforts are greatly appreciated by the local community.

“Of course, the best way for people to show their gratitude is to remain fire safety aware.

"It’s likely that Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will see more busy days as the UK is set to keep experiencing hotter summers, so it’s really important that everyone reduces the risk of fires by not littering, disposing of cigarettes irresponsibly or using disposable barbecues in public open spaces.”