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An investigation is underway into a large gorse fire which broke out at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex.
More than thirty firefighters were called to the scene near the Box car park yesterday afternoon. The operation has now been scaled back.
Initial reports said an area of around 100 metres by 150 metres was alight.
One fire engine and a Land Rover from Crowborough; one fire engine, the water carrier and dual purpose truck from Uckfield; Land Rovers from Heathfield, The Ridge in Hastings and from East Grinstead, and fire engines from Forest Row, Hailsham and Wadhurst.
There are no reports of injuries.
Firefighters will return to the Ashdown Forest in Sussex later this morning to make checks following a heath fire that covered 20 hectares. At its height, nearly 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze, which started just before 2pm on 5th June 2013.
Sixteen fire crews comprising of about 80 firefighters are now on the scene of a fire in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex. The police helicopter is being used to direct crews on the ground.
There is a large fire in the Ashdown Forest, with 20 hectares of land alight. Ten fire engines from both East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue services are at the scene.
More to follow.
Thirty fire fighters have been tackling a blaze at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex overnight. Crews were called to Nutley just before 9pm and spent two hours bringing the fire under control. An area of 300 metres was destroyed. Crews will return to the site this morning to access the damage.
Three kittens found dumped in a holdall in the Ashdown Forest are lucky to be alive say staff from the Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre. The trio, now named Piglet, Forest and Fidget, are not wild so would have struggled to survive being dumped.
“These are domesticated kittens who would never have been able to fend for themselves, particularly during this cold snap.
“The bag they had been dumped in was filthy with faeces so we're pretty sure they had been contained in it but had managed to wriggle free. Had they not, they may never have been discovered.
“It is very sad to think of these very friendly kittens being dumped in the middle of nowhere and just left for dead, they are very fortunate to have been spotted by walkers."