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Blidworth fire declared major incident

Posted by Jacob Collier on 19 July 2022

Update 5PM (22 July 2022): We have now left the Blidworth fire after carrying out a final inspection for hotspots.
Crews have been working tirelessly to extinguish 20 hectares of forestry and adjacent fields and hedgerows in Blidworth since Tuesday 19 July.

The site has now been handed over to the landowner. A fire investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Update 6am (20 July 2022): We still have five appliances currently at the incident in Blidworth.
The fire is under control and crews are working hard to extinguish any hotspots that may appear.
Let's hope the weather is on our side today, but we want to remind you all to stay safe outdoors.
Update 21:25: Good progress is being made at the fire in Blidworth.
Crews will be at the incident through the night, however, the fire is now surrounded.
Thank you to our crews on scene and @DfrsNfrsControl for their hard work!

Update - 6:45PM: Local residents are now being allowed to return home.

Due to the direction of the wind changing the fire is now blowing towards main roads. Fire stops have been put in place in case the wind changes again.

Please continue to avoid the area as we tackle this fire.

Original statement:

A significant fire on a farm in Blidworth has been declared a major incident.

Local residents are being evacuated by authorities as the forest fire continues.

We received a call at 1.35pm today (19 July 2022) to reports of a fire in the open.

Currently, we have 15 crews in attendance at this incident from around the county including support from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

We are advising the public to avoid the area and if affected by the smoke to close their doors and windows.

We thank the public for their cooperation in this difficult situation as we work to resolve the incident.

To help with these demands, we ask that the public only ring 999 if there is a real emergency.

We urge people to continue to take caution during these conditions and stay safe when outdoors.