Sark fire caused by disposable barbecue says fire chief
A fire that engulfed hundreds of metres of Sark's cliffs was caused by a barbecue, the island's fire chief has said.
More than 3,000 gallons of water was used to tackle the gorse fire, reported at 22:40 BST on Monday 22 August.
After five hours, a 15-strong crew returned again to dampen down the vegetation after initial attempts were deemed too dangerous.
No-one was injured, and no properties were damaged in the fire.
The blaze occurred along a 250m (820ft) by 100m (320ft) stretch of cliffs on Sark's west coast.
The crew faced poor visibility and steep, inaccessible terrain on the isolated stretch of the 2.1-sq-mile (5.4 sq-km) island, according to Sark Chief Fire Officer Kevin Adams.
"We couldn't see where we were walking and we couldn't see where the flames were or anything, it was just too dangerous," he said.
"It's taken a long time because of the terrain, we're not mountain goats unfortunately."
Firefighters returned to the site to dampen down the gorse fire on the morning of Tuesday 23 August.
Mr Adams believed the fire was caused by a disposable barbecue.
"Yesterday evening the wind was blowing from the south, and the barbecue was on the south side of where the flames started.
"So I would say it's probably that the discarded barbecue was too hot and it set fire through the tin foil to the scrub underneath.
"I don't know if we could ever prosecute because finding the person would be extremely difficult," he said.