Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue called to 320 fires in the open during the extreme hot weather, report reveals
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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service tackled 320 fires in the open during the country’s extended period of hot weather, a report has revealed.
Firefighters received 2,032 calls to incidents mainly in rural areas between June and July during the extreme heat.
The report, requested by the service’s chairman, revealed that a normal six month period would only see four to six fires in the open.
The increase in large fires saw a warning from firefighters to ensure that outdoor BBQ’s were properly extinguished after use as they were a common cause.
The report comes after two crews from Wisbech were called to a fire measuring around 30 acres at Kirkhams Lane, Elm.
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A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said: “Two crews from Wisbech were called to a fire on Kirkhams Lane in Elm Part.
“Firefighters arrived to find a fire in the open measuring around 30 acres. They extinguished the fire using hose reels and returned to their station by 1.50pm.
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“The cause of the fire was deliberate. Anyone with information should contact police by visiting www.cambs.police.uk to submit an online report or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”