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Kent Fire and Rescue Service attends a range of incidents including fires, road crashes, flooding, rescues from height, mud or confined spaces. It also supports other agencies including Kent Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Martime and Coastguard Agency on a regular basis.

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Incident
Undergrowth fire near Lydd
Incident details
Update: 15:00pm 26 July 2019 
 
All firefighting operations have been completed on the Lydd Ranges and the fire is now out. Crews have left the scene and duty of care has been handed back to the land owner. 
 
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Update: 10:15am - Thursday 25 July 2019 
 
Around 11 fire engines remain at the scene of a fire on the Lydd Ranges. Steady progress is being made and crews are continuing to damp down any remaining hotspots. 
 
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Update: 10.30pm 
 
Approximately 25 firefighters, five fire engines and an all-terrain vehicle remain at the scene of a fire on Lydd Ranges. Steady progress is being made and crews are continuing to damp down. Local residents and business had been asked to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution but this is no longer necessary. 
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Update: 3:55pm 
 
Around 45 firefighters are continuing to make steady progress, actively fighting the fire on Lydd Range. Homes and businesses in the area are being asked to keep doors and windows closed as precaution due to smoke rising from the fire. 
 
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Update: 11:15am 
 
Firefighters have made good progress in tackling the fire. The operations have been reduced to eight fire engines, two ATV vehicles and a fire fogging unit. Crews remain at the site and are damping down remaining hot spots. Due to smoke in the area from the fire and the direction of wind, people in the Lydd area are still being asked to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution for the time being. 
 
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Update: 6:15am 
Due to the amount of smoke in the area from the large fire on the Lydd Ranges and the direction of wind, people living in the Lydd area are being asked to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution for the time being. Firefighters are working hard to extinguish the fire. At it's height overnight over 100 firefighters were tackling the blaze. This has now been reduced, but crews are working hard over a large area. 
 
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Update: 5:45am - Wednesday 24 July 2019 
Around 45 firefighters are still at the scene of a large undergrowth fire on the Lydd Ranges. Good progress was made overnight in tackling the fire and the number of fire engines has been reduced to nine. Crews worked incredibly hard in tough conditions to get on top of the fire and are now damping down hot spots over a large area using all-terrain vehicles and hose reel jets. 
 
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Update: 11pm - Tuesday 23 July 2019 
Over 100 firefighters, 20 fire engines and a variety of specialist support vehicles are in attendance at a large undergrowth fire on the Lydd Ranges near Galloways Road and Jury's Gap Road. 
 
Fire crews from Kent and East Sussex Fire and Rescue have been battling the blaze in difficult conditions since just before 5pm. They are using numerous hose reels and a variety of vehicles with water mist and compressed air foam. 
 
The smoke plume from this fire is drifting towards Camber but heading out to sea. If you are susceptible or being affected by the smoke, we would advise you to please keep doors and windows closed. 
 
Firefighting efforts have been hampered by the tinder dry land and the breeze from the sea fanning the flames 
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Update: 8.13pm 
KFRS has launched its unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) at this incident. For privacy concerns please contact us reference number 2959. 
 
The drone will be used to capture overhead imagery, which can be instantly streamed to enable incident commanders on the ground, to get a real picture of what they are dealing with and to make decisions about the best way to deal with the incident by improving the ability to see and understand what is happening from the air. 
 
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Update: 7.42pm 
Over 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze involving a large amount of undergrowth on the Lydd Ranges. Ten fire engines, including one from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, a command support unit, fire fogging unit and bulk water carrier are at the scene. 
 
Crews are working exceptionally hard, in arduous conditions and sweltering temperatures to bring the fire under control and protect an onsite storage facility. 
 
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Kent Fire and Rescue Service is at the scene of a large undergrowth fire on the Lydd Ranges near Galloways Road and Jury's Gap Road. Seven fire engines have been sent to the scene. 
 
Firefighters are working hard to limit the spread of the fire which is around 5 hectares - about the size of five football pitches. The blaze is creating a large amount of smoke which is drifting towards Camber but heading out to sea. The cause of the fire isn't known at this stage. More to come.
Start date and time
23/07/2019 16:54
Stop date and time
26/07/2019 08:35
Number of fire engines
20
Equipment
  • Firefighting - Main jet (hose)
  • Firefighting - High-pressure hose reel jet
  • Firefighting - Compressed air foam system (CAFs)
  • PPE - Breathing apparatus
Special and Support vehicles
  • Command support unit
  • All-terrain vehicle
  • Incident support unit
  • Bulk water carrier
  • Fire fogging unit
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (drone)
Partner agencies
  • Kent Police
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