10.4.17 Yateley Common fire: Conservationists count the cost as up to six hectares of gorse destroyed


It is hoped the affected land will be able to recover in two to three years' time.

Conservationists are counting the cost of a large wildfire that ripped through Yateley Common.  Around six hectares of dense gorse and undergrowth was destroyed in the blaze on 5th April 2017.

Fire engines from Yateley and Hartley Wintney, plus two wildfire units from Hartley Wintney and Rushmoor, were sent to the common just before 5pm.

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service stated:  Crews tackled the flames using six hose reels and two knapsack pumps.  There were no injuries in the fire, the spokesman added; we do not have a cause.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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