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Fire crews tackle large grass fire near beach in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 12:37 09 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:19 10 April 2017

Gunton Warren Bush Fire, Lowestoft. Picture: ELLIE RILEY

Gunton Warren Bush Fire, Lowestoft. Picture: ELLIE RILEY

Dry weather could have contributed to a grass fire in Lowestoft.

Gunton Warren Bush Fire, Lowestoft. Picture: ELLIE RILEYGunton Warren Bush Fire, Lowestoft. Picture: ELLIE RILEY

Fire crews had to be called in from across the border in Norfolk to tackle the blaze in the brush on the beach side of Corton Road near Dip Farm.

Three appliances from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston assisted Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service with the large fire in the open just after 6pm on Saturday.

Suffolk firefighters were also called to a blaze at Rushmere Heath on the outskirts of Ipswich in the same evening.

This year’s dry winter – and the lack of rain in long-range forecasts – could have contributed to the heathland fires in Suffolk on Saturday.

Gunton Warren Bush Fire, Lowestoft. Picture: ELLIE RILEYGunton Warren Bush Fire, Lowestoft. Picture: ELLIE RILEY

It is not unusual to get heathland fires in the summer, but it is less common to get major blazes like this before Easter.

Meanwhile in Hemsby, a crew from Great Yarmouth extinguished a fire on Saturday evening in cricket nets on Waters Lane using hose reels.

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