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Fylingdales Moor Fire

28th March 2010

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) was called to a large blaze on Fylingdales Moor close to Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar at 11.46 today (Sunday 28th March).

Fourteen fire appliances, specialist support vehicles and over 60 North Yorkshire fire fighters are currently fighting the fire.

Approximately 30 Hectares of Moorland has been on fire throughout the afternoon with a 25 Metre Fire front. Fire-fighters worked in difficult conditions to protect nearby forestry and at approximately 16.30 the fire was surrounded.

Specialist 4 x 4 and All Terrain Vehicles from around the County were mobilised to the fire and local landowners have been helping to tackle the fire with tractors and slurry tankers being used to relay water to the fire. Firefighters have also been using beaters and water jets which has proved very arduous on rough terrain and in high winds.

It is expected fire fighting operations will be scaled down as darkness falls with personnel re visiting the scene tomorrow, Monday.

Whilst the cause of this blaze is still under investigation NYFRS is appealing to all landowners to exercise extreme caution whilst burning heather at this time of year, especially if winds are high or forecasted.

Visitors to the moors are also asked to refrain from lighting fires or barbeques as the vegetation quickly dries in windy conditions and is easily ignited.

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