Kent Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to be extra careful not to start fires in woodlands and vegetation after a large fire destroyed woodland in Herne Common.
Firefighters were called to Braggs Lane at 5.34pm on 14 May and spent all evening and overnight tackling a fire that had spread to over one and a half hectares of dense woodland and undergrowth.
It is believed that the fire was caused after a campfire was left smouldering by members of the public who had been camping in the woods.
Herne Bay crew manager Tim Green said: “We are asking members of the public to avoid starting bonfires or camp fires in woodland areas and to take extra care when disposing of cigarettes while out walking.
“Woodland and outdoor fires can be very challenging to deal with as they are often spread over a large area and can easily burn out of control, particularly in dry conditions. Not only does it destroy the countryside and wildlife, it also ties up our firefighting resources for extended periods which means we’re not available to respond to life-threatening emergencies.”
He added: “If you spot a fire please report it as soon as possible, giving as much detail about the specific location to enable us to get to it quickly and prevent it spreading into a larger blaze. In addition, please report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”