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Fire breaks out in woodland across Dartford and Swanscombe

PUBLISHED: 09:47 10 May 2011

Residents fled the burning building before the Brigade arrived

Residents fled the burning building before the Brigade arrived

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Woodland fires broke out across the region on Monday, following a large grass land fire in Dartford Heath on Sunday.

Fire fighters from Dartford Station were called to blazes at Joyden’s Wood near Wilmington, and a fire on Dartford Heath yesterday, while in Swanscombe a crew attended a cluster of bushes alight off Broomfield Road which had spread to engulf a BMW car just after 8pm.

This follows a fire on Dartford Heath at 8.20pm on Sunday which required two crews working for 40 minutes to extinguish the flames.

On Monday at 3.56pm two crews from Dartford used box reels and a water shuttle to put out the Joyden’s Wood fire, which covered half a hectare of woodland.

A second fire on the Heath began at 6.45pm, though the crew was able to put it out by 7.01pm.

The fires follow a dry weather warning issued by Kent Fire and Rescue service.

KFRS Community Safety Risk Reduction Manager Charlie Smith said: “During warmer weather, grass and crop fires can be serious problem for the Service and tie up a huge amount of our valuable firefighting resources.

“We want to encourage people to take care and think about what they’re doing. For example, drivers should refrain from discarding cigarettes through car windows while driving along as this can easily set fire to grass verges, diverting fire crews from life threatening emergencies to attend to such incident.”

“I would also remind people that throwing cigarettes or any other rubbish from vehicles is regarded as littering and subject to at least a fine.”

He added: “Another major problem for us is young people deliberately setting fires so, if you are a parent, we urge you to warn them of the dangers of fire, as well as keeping matches and lighters out of their reach.”

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