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Kent fire crews spend the night battling Wainscott pine forest fire

For 19 hours firefighters battled a blaze over three acres of woodland.

Pumps from across the county, including Medway and Strood, were called to Islingham Farm Road in Wainscott to a pine needle fire in a wooded area at 1.35pm yesterday.

Strood were first at the scene and by 3.40pm crews had started to bring the fire under control but at 10pm firefighters were still working to prevent it spreading further.

Fire crews are on the scene. Stock image.
Fire crews are on the scene. Stock image.

A bulk water carrier, which holds thousands of litres of water, had to be brought over from Larkfield to assist with the blaze.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said by 10pm they were "making steady progress".

They were on the scene all night damping down and only left at 8.17am this morning.

Crew manager for Thames-side fire station, Karl Jacobs said: "When we got there it was well alight.

"Luckily there were no houses nearby."

Three jets were used and thermal imaging cameras checked for subterranean hot spots before crews left the scene.

Firefighters will be returning to the scene later this morning and monitoring the site throughout the day.

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