UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Military flare cause of fire tackled by 60 firefighters at Lulworth army range

UPDATE: Military flare cause of fire tackled by 60 firefighters at Lulworth army range

UPDATE: Military flare cause of fire tackled by 60 firefighters at Lulworth army range

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A MASSIVE heath fire on a Lulworth range was caused by a military flare and tackled using a new fire fighting technique.

Sixty Dorset fire fighters attended the blaze at the Five Tips military firing range which broke out around 9.45pm on Tuesday night.

Fanned by strong winds, crews from six stations were sent to battle the blaze which spread over half-a-mile of heathland.

Fire crews used a new protein-based foam technique to control the flames, which was the first time it had been tested out since training and had worked “very effectively”.

Andy Elliott, Wildfire Subject Matter Advisor for Dorset Fire and Rescue said: “Because the technique is fairly easy to use it meant that we did not require as many personnel, or as much water, so it meant that we used fewer resources to tackle the fire.

“It also meant that we could contain the fire to a much smaller size than it would have probably grown to without using this technique.”

Two crews from Wareham and a land rover from Bere Regis were first to attend the fire, which broke out at one of the leading firing ranges in Western Europe.

Two calls for further assistance were made by fire fighters, leading to crews from Swanage, Wimborne, Hamworthy, and Poole attending the scene which affected nearly 12.5 acres
of heathland.

Station Commander Elliott added: “When I first turned up, there was a well-developed wild fire driven by a very strong wind, at approximately 20km per hour.”

He said crews were working hard to control to stop the fire spreading, but had to request assistance which was eventually made up of nine fire engines, four land rovers and a unimog.

A spokesman for the MOD said the fire had broken out during routine night firing.

“The fire was caused by an illuminated flare. The fire service was called out and the incident closed at 2am.

“Range fires are not unusual and the usual safety procedures were followed. The range is open as normal and there will be no long term impact to the site.”

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12:04pm Wed 7 May 14

the smiling assassin says...

I'll tell you the cause - it was the extremely hot tracer elements in the base of each round fired down range!
I'll tell you the cause - it was the extremely hot tracer elements in the base of each round fired down range! the smiling assassin
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2:51pm Wed 7 May 14

speedy231278 says...

I wonder if someone will get fired for that?
I wonder if someone will get fired for that? speedy231278
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5:23pm Wed 7 May 14

Peroni says...

Says it was an easy job....... Using the protein based foam, so was ok for the firemen aged 50 to attend ? No lifting or hard manual work or 200 foot ladders.
Nice shout !
Says it was an easy job....... Using the protein based foam, so was ok for the firemen aged 50 to attend ? No lifting or hard manual work or 200 foot ladders. Nice shout ! Peroni
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7:12pm Wed 7 May 14

alasdair1967 says...

the smiling assassin wrote:
I'll tell you the cause - it was the extremely hot tracer elements in the base of each round fired down range!
Why the negative comments he could actually be right ,I was live firing in Germany and every detail had to be stopped to extinguish Heath fires as a result of tracer, as a result there was a tracer ban put in place ,absolute swine having to break the link and remove all tracer from the ammunition belts
[quote][p][bold]the smiling assassin[/bold] wrote: I'll tell you the cause - it was the extremely hot tracer elements in the base of each round fired down range![/p][/quote]Why the negative comments he could actually be right ,I was live firing in Germany and every detail had to be stopped to extinguish Heath fires as a result of tracer, as a result there was a tracer ban put in place ,absolute swine having to break the link and remove all tracer from the ammunition belts alasdair1967
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7:23pm Wed 7 May 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Peroni wrote:
Says it was an easy job....... Using the protein based foam, so was ok for the firemen aged 50 to attend ? No lifting or hard manual work or 200 foot ladders.
Nice shout !
Tailor made for the poor old sods.sleep well
[quote][p][bold]Peroni[/bold] wrote: Says it was an easy job....... Using the protein based foam, so was ok for the firemen aged 50 to attend ? No lifting or hard manual work or 200 foot ladders. Nice shout ![/p][/quote]Tailor made for the poor old sods.sleep well kalebmoledirt
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2:29am Thu 8 May 14

guisselle says...

Flog it at Lulworth Castle will it rain?
Flog it at Lulworth Castle will it rain? guisselle
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9:38am Thu 8 May 14

Not again !! says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Peroni wrote:
Says it was an easy job....... Using the protein based foam, so was ok for the firemen aged 50 to attend ? No lifting or hard manual work or 200 foot ladders.
Nice shout !
Tailor made for the poor old sods.sleep well
Two trolls together, but still when you rubbed both of your brain cells together you both still failed to read the article and understand it.
He actually said that using protein foam is an easier technique which uses less resources, not that it was an easy job. You failed to miss that it was also said that' crews worked hard to stop the fire spreading'.
If you think that fighting heath fires involves no hard manual work then you've not been on the ones I've attended. There are probably more firefighters taken to hospital due to 'heat stress' on heath fires than any other incident.
No idea why you are quoting 50 years of age when we are being asked to work to 60. I also don't think that the average 50 year old would cope very well with a half developed heath fire.
However, I would like to congratulate you on working out that you don't need a 200 foot ladder on a heath fire. I'm not sure where you would find a 60 metre long ladder. We might need both of you 'meat heads' to carry it for us if we did.
For your information, 'I do sleep well, very well'.
Keep on trolling and feel free to comment on the other fire related articles on here. I notice you've missed quite a few !
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peroni[/bold] wrote: Says it was an easy job....... Using the protein based foam, so was ok for the firemen aged 50 to attend ? No lifting or hard manual work or 200 foot ladders. Nice shout ![/p][/quote]Tailor made for the poor old sods.sleep well[/p][/quote]Two trolls together, but still when you rubbed both of your brain cells together you both still failed to read the article and understand it. He actually said that using protein foam is an easier technique which uses less resources, not that it was an easy job. You failed to miss that it was also said that' crews worked hard to stop the fire spreading'. If you think that fighting heath fires involves no hard manual work then you've not been on the ones I've attended. There are probably more firefighters taken to hospital due to 'heat stress' on heath fires than any other incident. No idea why you are quoting 50 years of age when we are being asked to work to 60. I also don't think that the average 50 year old would cope very well with a half developed heath fire. However, I would like to congratulate you on working out that you don't need a 200 foot ladder on a heath fire. I'm not sure where you would find a 60 metre long ladder. We might need both of you 'meat heads' to carry it for us if we did. For your information, 'I do sleep well, very well'. Keep on trolling and feel free to comment on the other fire related articles on here. I notice you've missed quite a few ! Not again !!
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