Fire warning issued after blaze on East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

Fire warning issued after blaze on East Devon Pebblebed Heaths


Fire warning issued after blaze on East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

Clinton Devon Estates have issued a fire warning after a blaze on Woodbury Common earlier today (Wednesday 16th March) destroyed 1.5 hectares  - approximately 4 acres - of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.

According to Commons Warden Bungy Williams the fire spread quickly due to the dry and windy conditions and could have been much worse but for the prompt action of the fire service and a troop of Royal Marines from Lympstone.

Bungy Williams said: "The fire was alongside another area that caught alight last year which causes problems for birds and wildlife. We have a number of ground nesting birds that live on the Commons and the nesting season begins in the next few weeks. This area has been particularly hard-hit after last year's fire and we are anxious that no further damage is caused to these important lowland heaths."

He continued: "People using the Commons, or even driving across them, at this time of year must take extra care because it's dry and windy and there's not a lot of ground cover which means the peat can burn - and this becomes very difficult to extinguish."  

Four fire appliances, equipped with a water bowser worked with Royal Marines from Lympstone to put out the flames on land between Four Firs and Yettington.

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550