Hereford & Worcester

Hartlebury Common fire leads to 35m-high flames

Firefighters from across Worcestershire worked through the night after 2,000 sq m of woodland caught fire.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service sent eight appliances to Hartlebury Common, near Stourport-on-Severn, at 1800 BST on Wednesday.

The B4193 Hartlebury Road near its junction with Wilden Lane was closed in both directions.

Station Commander Chris George-Burnell said crews battled flames up to 35m (115ft) high and "gusty winds".

He said: "Crews had to work really hard to surround this fire and bring it under control."

The fire service received about 50 calls reporting smoke in the Hartlebury Road area.

Police also attended to manage traffic.

Firefighters were still damping down at 1200 BST and investigations are continuing into the cause of the blaze.

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