Cumbria

Cumbria crews use hand-held beaters to tackle heather fire

Fire Image copyright Sedbergh Fire
Image caption The 100 hectare (247 acre) blaze broke out in Mosedale

Firefighters have tackled a blaze in Cumbria which saw 100 hectares (247 acres) of grassland destroyed by fire.

The wildfire broke out at Mosdale between Penrith and Keswick at about 17:00 BST on Monday.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and mountain rescue volunteers kept the fire under control using beaters and hand-held jets.

The fire service said it was not safe to tackle it at night but teams had returned first thing on Wednesday.

It is believed a disposable barbecue could have started the fire.

Image copyright Howard Winter
Image caption Fire crews were still trying to tackle the blaze more than 24 hours after it broke out
Image copyright Howard Winter
Image caption The grassland fire was being kept under control using beaters and hand-held jets

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