Warning after wildfire spate in south Cumbria

Warning after wildfire spate in south Cumbria

17 March 2010

published by news.bbc.co.uk


United Kingdom — Farmers and land owners have been warned to take precautions following a spate of wildfires in South Cumbria.

Dry conditions, dead vegetation on the fells, and visitors attracted by good weather, have increased the risk of grass and gorse fires.

Since Friday, there have been five large-scale incidents.


Modified Land Rovers are used to

fight fires on the Cumbrian fells

One at Lowick Common in Ulverston covered 50 hectares and was brought under control by seven fire engines and two specially adapted Land Rovers.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Natural England to remind farmers and land managers wanting to manage vegetation by using controlled burning, to comply with regulations.

These aim to minimise the risk of the burning becoming uncontrolled and spreading to large areas.

The fire service has wildfire teams at eight fire stations equipped with modified Land Rovers and other specialist equipment and clothing for fighting vegetation.


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