Traction Engine Incident

Published 9th Jul 2021

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received a call at around 10:15  to reports of a traction engine travelling up the A19 from Thormanby toward Thirsk and then the A168 from Thirsk to Northallerton and setting fire to the grass verges along the way.


Crews from Northallerton, Thirsk and Boroughbridge attended and put out numerous seats of fire.

Crews use hose reel jets and beaters to put out the fires to numerous stretches of grass.

The cause is believed to be hot coals from the traction engine being spat/thrown out on to the grass.

Our control room received 29 repeat calls about this incident.