Kent Fire and Rescue Service warns the public after Herne Common is gutted by a campfire

Firefighters have warned the public following a huge fire which gutted Herne Common

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has warned against the public lighting fires in woodland after a large fire destroyed woodland at herne Common on May 14th.

Firefighters were called to Braggs Lane at 5.34pm on Sunday and tackled a huge fire that had spread to over one and a half hectares of dense woodland and undergrowth.

Crews battled the blaze well into the night.

It is thought that the fire was caused by campfire left to smoulder 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.”