Arson claims acres of forest near Crowborough at Limekiln Wood

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ARSON is to blame for a forest fire near Crowborough which destroyed several acres of woodland on Thursday May 5.

Thousands of pounds worth of pine and beech were turned to ash by the blaze at Limekiln Wood in Boards Head Road.

Inspector Andy Eggleton of Wealden Neighbourhood Response Team said: “We believe the cause was deliberate ignition of fly tipping waste.

“I would urge anyone who has information as to who may be responsible for this mindless criminal act to please get in touch.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) was called at 12.50am. Four fire engines and seven specialist four wheel drive forest firefighting vehicle.

Crews proceeded on foot towards the scene, due to difficult access into the area.

The fire claimed approximately 300m by 500m of woodland. It was bought under control by 3.56am, however crew remained on site the following day to dampen down the area.

Director of response and resiliance for ESFRS Adrian Brown said: “There have been a number of forest fires within Sussex recently during this current dry spell, we would remind the public of the need to take extra care.

“Forest fires not only endanger the public and firefighters tackling the fire but have a huge impact on the environment and wildlife.”

Call police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 0062 of 05/05.