A major fire

16 07 2010

I crossed Rushmere Common for the first time in a couple of weeks today and saw the results of what had clearly been a major gorse fire which had been much larger than the previous ones that I have reported on.

This latest fire has also unfortunately damaged a number of mature oaks and other trees; I could see about five mature oaks and many other smaller trees, both younger oaks and also a number of birches, with major fire damage.

And here are some photos of the damage taken today:

A young oak burnt almost to the to the top

A small part of the burnt area

The only positive thing to come from this fire is that it will be a number of years before there is another one! My message remains the same though – which is that if there is no ‘controlled’ burning then it seems certain that there will be ‘uncontrolled’ burning which will probably occur when the weather it at its hottest and when there may also be a strong wind.

I would welcome any feedback from the commoners’ committee on what they are doing about this issue, it is possible that they are already planning something with the fire-brigade beyond creating the fire breaks that they have already mentioned but there is nothing to that effect on their website.

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