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Three grass fires at Lydd Ranges in Tourney Road and one at at Pent Vale Close, Folkestone

Firefighters have had to deal with a four grass fires within 36 hours in Lydd and Folkestone.

The first three were on Wednsday last week , the hottest day of the year to date.

Fire crews were called to the scene. Stock image.
Fire crews were called to the scene. Stock image.

Crews dealt with an fire involving a 5 metre section of fence and grass in Pent Vale Close in Folkestone.

Two pumps were called out just before 10pm.

They swiftly used a hose reel jet and put it out in less than half an hour.

Video: A fence and grass alight in Pent Vale Close. Video from Matt Lennon

That evening five fire engines had to deal with two successive grass fires on Lydd Ranges.

The first was a deep seated one in a 200ft long reed bed and the crews used beaters to put it out.

But once that was under control and hotspots were damped down the crews had to take on a second fire that broke out nearby.

The fire brigade was originally called out to the Tourney Road site at 8.10pm on Wednesday last week and was at the scene for almost two hours.

Two fire engines were sent out from the Hythe station and the others from Lydd, Tenterden and Charing.

Fire crews had to return to the Ranges last Friday when an area of gorse, grass and undergrowth totalling 30 by 20 metres was well alight.

Firefighters used flexi packs and beaters to put it out.

They were called just after midnight and finished the task just before 1.50am.

Wednesday last week saw Shepway and the rest of the country in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures reaching as high as 36.7C or 98F.

Temperatures cooled after that but with only brief spells of rain the ground quickly became tinder dry again.

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