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Blaze burns trees and shrubbery as Dartford Heath catches fire again

PUBLISHED: 12:37 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 17 August 2017

Dartford Heath

Dartford Heath

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It is the 10th fire to hit the heath this year

Smoke filled the air around Dartford Heath once again as a fire broke out on Wednesday evening.

For the 10th time this year, Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a blaze at the open space, which is listed as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Around 100sq metres of heathland was alight, with flames spreading to nearby trees and shrubbery causing a large amount of smoke in the area.

Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters were sent to the scene just after 8pm armed with a fogging unit, which spreads water across longer and wider distances than a standard hose reel.

By 8.30pm, the fire was out and crews spent a further 25 minutes damping down the area.

In May, the heath was hit by arsonists deliberately setting it on fire, sparking calls from KFRS for passers-by to be on the lookout.

However the cause of this latest blaze is not thought to be suspicious.

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