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Bushy Park grass fire

12/04/2017 12:49
Richmond upon Thames
Outdoor fire

Firefighters have issued a grass fire warning after tackling a blaze on Bushy Park in Teddington.

An area the size of a football pitch was damaged by the blaze.

Green Watch Manager at Twickenham fire station Guy Pedliham said:

“Everything is very dry at the moment so the fire caught quickly and crews worked fast to prevent it spreading any further. Grass fires can cause a great deal of damage to open spaces and wildlife but the public can help us by making sure that cigarettes and barbecues are extinguished properly, and that glass bottles are disposed of carefully.

"It's also important that if you do notice a fire on open grassland that you don't attempt to put it out yourself as they can travel very quickly and change direction without warning. Call the fire brigade and let us know where the fire is so we can get our crews on the scene as soon as possible to stop it from spreading.”

The Brigade was called at 1249 and the fire was under control by 1330. Fire crews from Twickenham fire stations attended the scene.