Warning after ‘deliberate fires’ started in Horsham

A warning has gone out from firefighters after a number of ‘deliberate fires’ were started at a Horsham wildlife spot.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:02 am

The fires were discovered this week at the Walnut Tree Plantation at Warnham Local Nature Reserve.

A spokesman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are aware of a number of instances of deliberate fires being started in the Walnut Tree plantation in Horsham

“Our fire crews at Horsham Fire Station are working closely with the town’s Neighbourhood Wardens to address these issues and educate those found starting fires.”

Fires have been started at Warnham Nature Reserve

He said that Sussex Police had also alerted them to reports of a bonfire in a field off Parbrook in Billingshurst at 10.29pm on Tuesday which was quickly brought under control.

“The fire was of deliberate origin and caused around five square metres of damage,” said the spokesman.

And he warned that such fires could have severe consequences.

“With warmer weather forecast in the coming weeks, we would like to remind all residents of the dangers of starting a fire in the open.

“What may start as a small campfire or bonfire can very quickly get out of control after periods of dry weather, which allows fire to spread incredibly quickly.

“This can be disastrous, not only damaging our countryside and properties, but putting people’s lives at risk.

“Nobody wants to have to deal with the consequences of this.

“We would ask those responsible to think twice about their actions and the impact on others.”