Firefighters called to 30x20m grass fire at farmland on outskirts of Newport

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Photo courtesy of Newport Green Watch.
Photo courtesy of Newport Green Watch.

FIREFIGHTERS have been tacking a grass fire on farmland on the outskirts of Newport this evening (Thursday, August 18).

Fire crews from Newport's Green Watch were called to Long Lane.

A 30x20m fire was put out by firefighters using hose reel jets.

A spokesperson from Newport Green Watch said: "Remember, just because it rained yesterday, the ground is still very dry. Keep safe."

Isle of Wight County Press: Photo courtesy of Rob Chiverton.
Isle of Wight County Press: Photo courtesy of Rob Chiverton.

Photo courtesy of Rob Chiverton.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Rescue Service tips to help you stay safe in the countryside:

  • Do not discard cigarettes in the countryside; dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished

  • Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire

  • Always take extra care if using a barbecue

  • Only light fires or barbecues in designated areas using the facilities provided – and remember, barbecues are not allowed in any part of the New Forest National Park

  • Don’t leave campfires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them

  • Talk to young people about the dangers of playing with and lighting fires

  • Report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111