Northumberland County has been placed on a yellow wildfire alert after three fires were reported in the county this week.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue implored the public to enjoy the countryside this weekend, but urged people to be careful and considerate across the county as there are “high wildfire conditions”.
Earlier this week a wildfire was put out in West Woodburn as well as one in Tarset near Greenhaugh. Crews remained at the scene overnight to ensure everyone was safe.
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In a tweet, the fire service said: “We are currently responding to a number of wildfires in Northumberland. The county is under a yellow wildfire alert meaning fire conditions of high forest.”
Rothbury Fire Station said: “Over the past two days the Rothbury team have been called upon to work alongside colleagues from Bellingham, Hexham, Allendale, Pegswood, Alnwick and Haltwhistle as well as specialist officers in Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service wildfires to tackle a large first put down a fire in Tarset near Bellingham and another on the moor above Rothbury in Debdon earlier today.”
“We had to deal with difficult conditions due to dry tinder falls, lack of access for vehicles and very limited access to water. All teams worked closely together for several hours on different flanks to put out the fire and protect the surrounding forest land.”
“PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR BEAUTIFUL REGION IS DANGEROUSLY DRY AND WILDFIRES CAN START AND SPREAD VERY EASILY.”