Update: Cropton Forest fire

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Fire crews will remain at Cropton Forest today following a large fire yesterday afternoon.

At its peak, nine fire engines, a water bowser and two Argocats - all terrain vehicles - were needed to tackle the blaze which effected two areas of the forest.

Firefighters also used knapsack sprays and beaters to get the fire under control.

Officials with The Forestry Commission had called North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at around 2.30pm on Tuesday with crews remaining in the area until 7.30pm.

Fire engines from Pickering, Malton, Whitby, Lythe, Danby, Sherburn, Easingwold and Scarborough were called out along with a water bowser from Boroughbridge, Argocats from Kirkbymoorside and Skipton, and various other support Land Rovers and officers.

Equipment was left on site overnight and it is understood the Forestry Commission kept a “watching brief” throughout the early hours to ensure the blaze did not spark up again.

Crews from Pickering, Scarborough and Kirkbymoorside, along with an Argocat, will return to Cropton Forest this morning to help with the damping down of the fire site.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.