Fire was controlled

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FIRES which sparked an alert in the countryside had no connection to clearing land for a solar farm, it has been confirmed.

Firefighters went to Belney Lane, near Denmead, after fire spread beyond a barrier at about 9.15pm on Thursday. It was thought workmen were clearing land for a new solar farm. But a spokesman for Southwick Estate said it was controlled burning to make way for new tree planting.

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