Late night battle to save forest

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FIRE crews and game keepers battled into the early hours to stop a moors fire which had been started deliberately and was spreading towards a forest.

The first call was at 7.40pm on Friday night with reports there were three separate fires in an area known as Bumble Wood, which is situated above Cropton Forest, north of Pickering.

Whitby and Goathland crews put out the blaze but a second call came in at just after 10.20pm to say the moors were on fire again.

Fire-fighters worked with local gamekeepers and used hose reels, beaters and thermal imaging cameras to tackle that blaze but shortly after another call was made to the emergency services to say that Bumble Wood was alight again.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said three hectares of moorland were ablaze, it was a large fire and spreading to 18 acres of forest.

The blaze was within 100 yards of the forest when fire-fighters from Goathland, Kirbymoorside and Pickering and gamekeepers managed to halt it having used lots of beaters and game-keeping equipment.

Crews eventually left the scene at around 3.30am on Saturday, eights hours after the original call out.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire Service said the cause of the fire, again was being treated as “deliberate”.