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Warning after fag butt sparks forest fire in woodland near Tunbridge Wells

PUBLISHED: 09:20 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:20 10 July 2013

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Blaze spread over one acre and took firefighters several hours to put out

Fire crews are warning the public to be extra careful when disposing of cigarette ends after a blaze was sparked in woodland by a discarded fag butt.

A dog walker discovered the fire in Hempstead Forest in Benenden at 7am yesterday.

The blaze had spread across one acre of woodland and firefighters spent several hours extinguishing the fire.

Crews believe the fire started accidently and was most likely caused by a discarded cigarette that set light to dried tree debris and pine needles on the forest floor.

Watch manager Colin Gambrell said: “The recent period of hot, dry weather means that fires of this type can spread very rapidly due to tinder-dry conditions and a dropped cigarette end can lead to a deep seated fire that can take a long time to fully extinguish.

“Such blazes put an enormous drain on our fire-fighting resources, as well as causing damage to the local environment and a threat to wildlife in the area.”

“We are asking the public to help prevent further fires by ensuring they dispose of cigarettes in a responsible manner.

“Also, as countryside fires can be a challenge to locate, it would be really helpful if anyone who spots and reports a fire can give as much information about where it is, and where possible arrange to meet oncoming crews to direct them to the incident.”

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