Sussex

Ashdown Forest fire under investigation

Ashdown Forest fire
Image caption There were two fires in Ashdown Forest over the weekend

The cause of a fire which affected about 70 acres (28 hectares) in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex on Sunday is being investigated.

At its height, more than 100 firefighters from stations across the county were on the scene tackling the blaze in the Kings Standing area.

The fire broke out at about 13:45 BST and roads in the area were closed off.

The fire service said no-one was injured and by just after 17:00 the blaze had been contained.

Adrian Brown, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue, said: "This fire has devastated a large area of heathland and natural habitat, which is of importance for nesting birds.

"In this dry weather we'd like to again remind members of the public to take care in the countryside.

"This is the second fire we have had to attend in Ashdown Forest this weekend."

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