Firefighters battle forest fire near Edwinstowe for seven hours

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THOUSANDS of square metres of grass and undergrowth went up in smoke after a forest fire broke out at Edwinstowe.

Up to six appliances were at the scene battling the blaze for around seven hours yesterday (Wednesday).

The call came in at 12.16pm with reports suggesting the fire had broken out near to the Forestry Commission office, and it was estimated that up to 10,000 square metres were affected at its height.

Watch manager at Mansfield Fire Station, Darren Warner explained: “We used a high-volume pump to ship a lot of water to the scene of the incident.

“It was expansive but would not say it was serious. If it looked like it would threaten the new log cabins built nearby it could have been serious but as it was, it was a different area.

“The trouble was that it was deep down in the forest and we could not get the engines down there so that’s why we needed the man power.”

The fire had been extinguished by 7pm, but firefighters remained on the site until after 10pm ensuring it was safe.

Although the cause is yet to be determined, Darren Warner added: “Fires just don’t start on their own. It’s a greatly visited area and it could have been a walker or a cyclist chucking a cigarette down.”