Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Farmers praised for help averting major plantation fire

The island's farming community has been praised by firefighters for helping avert a gorse fire reaching a Manx plantation.

Crews were called to the fire opposite Ballaglea Farm in Ballasalla at around 17:00 BST on Saturday.

The blaze, which covered 0.15 acres (0.06 hectares), was brought under control 20 metres short of the Stoney Mountain Plantation.

Station Officer Colin Kirkham said the famers help had been "invaluable."

"If it had reached the plantation it would have escalated rapidly," he added.

Strong winds meant it spread rapidly and crews were hampered by uneven boggy ground.

The fire was started by a local farmer who was trying to burn off a small amount of gorse on the land he was renting.

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