Release date: 28 February 2018
At 11:28 this morning, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was called to reports of a heath fire at Iping Common, Midhurst.
On arrival, crews were faced with 22 hectares of heathland that was well alight. Following an initial assessment, seven fire engines, off-road vehicles and water carriers were requested to assist with firefighting.
The blaze has been tackled and surrounded by creating a firebreak. However, crews remain on scene, damping down and working the perimeter to confirm that the fire is out.
Due to the scale of the incident, we are urging the public to avoid the A272, Iping at this current time.
There are no reports of any injuries and an investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course.
We continue to work with our colleagues in Hampshire and Surrey Fire & Rescue Service’s to promptly extinguish the fire.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.