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Cyclists help stop fire spreading in Thetford Forest

PUBLISHED: 08:42 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 01 July 2018

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Thetford Forest on Saturday. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Thetford Forest on Saturday. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

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Quick thinking cyclists managed to help stop a fire from spreading in Thetford Forest.

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Thetford Forest on Saturday. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEFirefighters tackle the blaze in Thetford Forest on Saturday. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

They were on a bike ride when they spotted the blaze and quickly dialed 999.

They waited by the side of the A1065, close to RAF Lakenheath, to direct the fire crews to the blaze deep in the forest.

Six fire engines, plus the water bower from Newmarket, attended the incident which broke out at 5.06pm on Saturday.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service crew commander Rob Cutche, who is based at Brandon, praised the cyclists for their action.

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Thetford Forest on Saturday. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEFirefighters tackle the blaze in Thetford Forest on Saturday. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

He said: “They waited at the bottom of the track close to the main road and helped us to find the fire. We could see lots of smoke but we did not know where it was coming from and they certainly helped us to stop it from spreading and being a lot worse than it was.

“Our main purpose was to stop it in its tracks and get lots of water here and tackle all the hot spots.

“When we turned up it was well alight and we got the crews to work using beaters and hose reels.”

The fire, which covered an 80 x 20 square metre area of undergrowth and grass, was dealt with by 7.32pm

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