6, 2018 Drone
photos show scale of 'deliberate' blaze that destroyed five acres
of grassland at Burnham and Berrow Golf Course
investigators believe a huge blaze that destroyed over five acres
of grassland next to Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow's golf course on
Sunday (August 5th) was deliberately set.
and Somerset Fire Service's lead officer in charge of the incident
said on Monday that he believes the incident was deliberately started.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
new drone photos, from Burnham-On-Sea.com David Whatley, reader
show the scale of the blaze and the area affected next to the course
which runs along the coast from Burnham to Berrow.
crews from Burnham-On-Sea and across the area were called to an
area behind Berrow Church just before 4pm and then battled the blaze
for several hours to prevent it spreading.
Drake, managing secretary at the golf club, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was very distressing to see how quickly the fire took hold
of the area of land by the reservoir and spread back towards the
9th Green. We are grateful to the quick thinking players on the
course at the time who made a call to the fire service."
fire has totally burnt out the area between the 7/8 holes and the
10/11/12th holes but thankfully there is no fire damage to the playing
areas of either course and no-one was hurt."
fire brigade have done a tremendous job in restricting the spread
of the fire. Myself, Directors Dave Harries, Andy Birkett and Mike
Armstrong and Dave Haines and Graham Coombe were in attendance.
Greenkeepers Paul Dunn and Craig Dunbar also attended and switched
on the irrigation system where required in order to prevent damage
to the 9th Green. We are grateful to the fire crew and will of course
show them our gratitude when we can."
advised otherwise, I can confirm that the Championship Course is
fully playable and we will be open as usual on Monday. It should
be reminded that players must take extra caution whilst playing
especially over the next few days."
and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We received 15 calls to a grass fire. A crew from Burnham-On-Sea
was mobilised and requested the attendance of four further pumping
appliances, a water carrier and a 4x4 vehicle."
crews confirmed there was a fire front of approximately 1,000 metres
rapidly spreading due to strong winds. The crews used hose reels,
jets and beaters in order to extinguish the fire."
Fire Station spokesman added: "One appliance from Burnham-On-Sea
was alerted, and whilst making their way the Incident Commander
observed a lot of smoke. Using local knowledge and risk of potential
fire spread in that area a 'make up' message was sent to control
to make a further pump and off-road capabilities and a wild fire
pump. The 2nd pump from Burnham-On-Sea along with the Landrover
carrying wildfire pump were mobilised."
the first pump was in attendance crews were met by a well developed,
wind-driven fire in the undergrowth with a fire front of approximately
1000m. The Incident Commander requested to make pumps to five along
with one Water Carrier.These were mobilised from Bridgwater and
Avon Fire and Rescue, Weston-Super-Mare. The Incident Commander
broke the fire into areas where crews worked tirelessly to form
fire breaks using roadways and tracks. A Ground Hog was requested
to assist in fire fighting off road, this was mobilised from Cheddar."
made good progress over a period of time, stopping the fire reaching
gorse along the sea front which could have led to a further protracted
incident. Once the fire was extinguished crews continued to damp
down any further hotspots before leaving the incident. This incident
covered approximately 5 acres of land destroyed by fire. Our thanks
go to Burnham & Berrow Golf Club for the supply of drinking
water and fire ground catering - this was a hot and demanding incident
for our crews."
at the scene of the fire, in the sand dunes near Berrow Church,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that multiple fire appliances had been seen
at the fast-spreading blaze.
wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire with grass beaters
and other equipment - and several fire appliances were on part of
the golf course," eyewitness Bill Rogers told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
saw flames in the grass at several locations. In this warm, dry
weather the fire can spread so quickly."
could be seen soaring into the sky above the grass in these pictures,
photographed by Burnham-On-Sea.com readers Alex Crocker, Stuart
Nichols, Alan House, Ron Tropman and Devon and Somerset Fire Service.
line of flames quickly moved across the grassland at the course
could be seen for miles around rising into the sky above the course
scale of the blaze was clearly visible on Sunday evening
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