Trains disrupted after large gorseland fire breaks out near Jimmy’s Farm

Suffolk firefighters tackling a wildfire (file image) Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Suffolk firefighters tackling a wildfire (file image) Picture: PAVEL KRICKA - Credit: Archant

Firefighters tackled a blaze affecting around 300 square metres of gorseland close to a family resort on the edge of Ipswich.

The fire broke out in a field at the Pannington Hall estate in Belstead – near Jimmy’s Farm – just after 3.10pm today.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent eight pumps to the scene, including its special all terrain vehicle.

A brigade spokesman said: “It’s gorseland that has gone up in flames.”

Greater Anglia is also reporting disruption to the lines between Ipswich and Manningtree – as smoke from the fire billows across the train tracks.


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Services running through the stations may be cancelled, revised or delayed by up to 60 minutes. Disruption is expected until 7pm tonight.

A stop was officially called on the incident at shortly after 5pm.

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It comes amid a spate of wildfire in Suffolk in recent weeks due to the hot and dry weather.

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