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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbria fire crews continue to battle grass blazes

Fire crews were kept busy yesterday dealing with a spate of grass blazes across west Cumbria.

Cleator Moor fire photo
Smoke billows from the blaze near Cleator Moor

They dealt with at least seven incidents in Allerdale and Copeland.

Among them was a kilometre long blaze near Cleator Moor to which six crews - about 40 firefighters - were deployed.

They also went back to the Siddick Ponds nature reserve at Workington for the THIRD time in less than 24 hours to tackle another fire there yesterday afternoon.

It took crews from Whitehaven, Frizington, Millom, Workington, Maryport and Cockermouth more than eight hours to extinguish the large blaze in woods near Cobblehall, Cleator Moor.

The brigade was sent to the scene just before 1.50pm and left at 10.10pm. Officers say there were "numerous seats of fire" involved.

Also among yesterday's incident were:

  • A call to the Siddick Ponds nature reserve just before 7am. Engines from Workington and Keswick were alerted and while there they found a second blaze involving smouldering and burning tree roots.
  • A crew put out a blaze that affected 100 metres of hedgerow at Ellerbeck Lane, Workington. They were called at about 1.50pm and left the scene shortly after 3pm.
  • Two crews, from Seascale and Bootle, were called to Kinniside, Cleator, at 2.50pm. An area about 100 sq m in size was affected. They left the scene at about 5.20pm.
  • An engine from Keswick and one from Cockermouth were called to a grass fire at Uldale at about 2.25pm. It was out on arrival but the area had to be damped down.
  • A crew from Keswick was deployed to a small gorse fire at Siddick Ponds at 3.50pm. The blaze was extinguished and hot spots in the area damped down.
  • A Workington team was sent to a 10 sq m grass fire at Grasmere Avenue, Workington, at 4.30pm.

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