A FIRE at Warren Wood in Gainsborough has now been burning for over two days.
Crews were first called to the site at around 2pm on Sunday 22nd May, when emergency services attended a report of a fire in the grassland and woodland at Warren Wood, off Foxby Lane.
Severe damage was caused to around 3,500 square metres of woodland in the area.
However, the undergrowth continued to burn on and fire crews say they are still ‘maintaining the situation’ after fire had spread to 6,000 square metres.
Six crews from Gainsborough, Saxilby and Misterton were in attendance.
Linconlshire Fire and Rescue say the cause was carelessly discarded smoking materials - what is currently believed to be a cigarette, but investigations are still ongoing.
“We currently have one appliance up there and they are still dampening it down,” said Andy Copping from Gainsborough fire station.
“We are making further assessments on whether or not it can be left alone yet and we are conducting further investigations into the cause of the fire.”
He continued: “We urge all residents that while the weather is dry, please make extra effort to ensure that you don’t throw discarded cigarettes into dry undergrowth in woodlands, and don’t have barbecues, campfires or bonfires in these areas as it can be extremely dangerous.”