The Patch Fire...
Just been out for a quick look around the still smouldering patch. Many firemen are still there and miles of hose pipes have been linked together and are snaking all over. The firemen have done a great job throughout the night and are patrolling because the grassy areas can burn below ground and suddnely flare up. Bad but not as bad as it could have been thanks to prompt action.
All the grassland and small bushes on the SSSI are gone, but larger bushes and trees remain intact. Motorcycle Wood didn't go up and the fire only spread halfway across the fairground. All this will regenerate. So look away now, first up the northern part of the SSSI from Lakehouse Road
South SSSI from Lakehouse
Fairground from Lakehouse
North East Long Wood
The brickpit has minor damage and quite how the fire spread is unclear.
Apparently there was a large log aflame this morning in Centre Copse!
A big thanks to the firemen and the police, we are still here, and I had the first Yellow Wagtail of autumn fly over the Fairground. All is not lost.