Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Disposable barbecues spark beauty spot blazes

Fire at Groudle Image copyright Isle of Man Fire and Rescue
Image caption The fire at Groudle Glen fire was started by an unattended disposable barbecue

Two "significant" grassland fires in the Isle of Man have led to a warning about disposable barbecues by the Fire and Rescue service.

The largest fire in Groudle Glen spread along the headland across an area of 200 sq metres (650 sq ft). It took crews three hours to tackle it.

Station Officer Roger Brown said it was started by a disposable barbecue which had been left unattended.

A second blaze on Monday was dealt with on the railway line in Santon.

Image copyright iSle of Man fire and rescue
Image caption Four crews battled the blaze in Groudle Glen for nearly three hours

Crews spent an hour damping down the area on the railway line at Keristal.

Mr Brown said: "With two significant grass fires in one day we would like to remind the public to be extra vigilant with camp fires and barbecues.

"The ground is currently extremely dry and fires will spread very quickly".

Image copyright iSle of Man fire and rescue
Image caption The fire near Onchan was started by an unattended disposable barbecue

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