Moor fire in Belford burns for more than 24 hours

Firefighters have been tackling a huge fire on remote Northumberland moorland for more than 24 hours

Firefighters at the scene of the moorland fire at Belford
Firefighters at the scene of the moorland fire at Belford

Firefighters have been tackling a huge fire on remote Northumberland moorland for more than 24 hours.

A 900 square foot area of dry heather at Belford Moor has been burning since Saturday afternoon.

And crews were still at the scene last night dampening down the blaze, which has taken them more than a day to get under control.

Emergency services were called at around 2.30pm, on Saturday, after the flames were discovered.

 

Five appliances, led by a team from Berwick Fire Station, were still at the isolated picturesque spot yesterday.

And crews from Scotland had to come down to Northumberland as back-up while the county’s firefighters were tied-up at the blaze.

The remote location of the fire it is not near any home, and no one has been injured.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “It was reported on Saturday at around 2.30pm.

We have three pumps there on Saturday and five yesterday along with specialist equipment.

“The cause is still unknown,”

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