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Fire crews battle forest fire in Brandon

PUBLISHED: 15:50 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:25 13 July 2018

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service firefighters tackling the blaze in Thetford Forest near Brandon. They recieved support from the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron based at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: US Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christopher Sparks

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service firefighters tackling the blaze in Thetford Forest near Brandon. They recieved support from the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron based at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: US Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christopher Sparks

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Fire crews are still on scene after battling a forest fire in an area of Thetford Forest between Brandon and Lakenheath in west Suffolk.

According to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, crews were called to the scene, just off the A1065, at around 5.45am this morning, Friday, July 13.

Up to seven fire crews from both Norfolk and Suffolk, including teams from Methwold, Brandon, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Thetford, Ixworth and Bury St Edmunds, attended the scene.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said an 80m x 100m area of undergrowth was well alight when the crews arrived.

The Forestry Commission has said the small area has been destroyed.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were help by colleagues in Norfolk and from  the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron based at RAF Lakenheath, to fight a fire near Brandon. Picture: US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher SparksSuffolk Fire and Rescue Service were help by colleagues in Norfolk and from the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron based at RAF Lakenheath, to fight a fire near Brandon. Picture: US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Sparks

At 1.30pm the fire was brought under control and three crews remain in the forest to continue to damp the area down.

A shuttle water tank from the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron from the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath also provided help.

A spokesman from the US Air Force base said they were grateful to Suffolk Fire and Rescue service for keeping the community safe and for “allowing the 48th Fighter Wing to lend a helping hand”.

The fire service spokesman said the cause of the blaze is yet to be established.

An airman assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron at the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, operates a shuttle water tank in support of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service team members as they fight a fire near Brandon. Picture: US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher SparksAn airman assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron at the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, operates a shuttle water tank in support of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service team members as they fight a fire near Brandon. Picture: US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Sparks

A series of fires have broken out across the 18,730 hectares forest which has an Extreme fire danger warning.

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