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Fire breaks out at Cropton Forest in North Yorkshire

Cropton Forest Image copyright Colin Grice
Image caption Around 45 firefighters are tackling the blaze at Cropton Forest

A fire has broken out on open moorland in a North Yorkshire forest.

About 45 firefighters are tackling a blaze in two areas at Stony Moor in Cropton Forest near Pickering.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said nine engines from across the county were called to the site, near the village of Newton-on-Rawcliffe at 14:30 BST.

A spokeswoman said it was a "significant incident" but the fire was now under control.

Alan Eves, from the Forestry Commission, said there were initial fears the fire could spread.

"When it started, it was quite fierce... There is some damage to the woodland but the fire has been brought under control."

It is not yet known how the fires started but Mr Eves said fires were not uncommon in the spring due to dry ground conditions.

The woodland is on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

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