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FOI / 4411 / 2022 / Fires in Open Spaces


Our ref: FOI4411

26th May 2022




Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold part of the information you have requested.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Questions and final response:

Question 1 – Would you please tell me how many calls to outdoor fires were attended each year, for the past five years (between 01/04/2017 and 01/04/2022), for Epping Forest in your area. I would be interested in fires of any size, both Primary and Secondary, deliberate, and accidental. Please also include false alarms.


Question 2 – May I also ask for the total number of hours spent at fires (incident time) and the total number of hours spent by appliances at fires (appliance time) for each year of the past five years too please?

We have answered both these questions in the following table, which applies to the specific location mentioned in the request and includes mobilisations later classified as false alarms.


There isn’t a distinction between appliance time and incident time in our data since we are showing the duration of the incidents. Appliance times will overlap and cause double-counting of the same time period. There will always be an appliance on site until the incident is closed. 


Appliances include all classes of Service vehicles, including cars.


Calendar Year

Time at incidents

No. of Incidents


1day 23hrs 12mins



1day 8hrs 39mins



3days 3hrs 32mins



20hrs 33mins



12hrs 40mins



3hrs 43mins




Question 3 – May I also ask if you routinely notify public landowners, such as Forestry England and Natural England if a fire has occurred on their land that crews have attended and if you have a policy on this?

We do not have a policy of informing landowners if there has been a fire on their premises.