Cumbria Fire And Rescue Service tackled a large blaze on St Bees South Head last night in a multi agency response. Smoke could be seen from miles around.
Firefighters were called out at 19:58. A spokesperson said, “Approximately 500m by 300m of grass on a difficult to reach headland on a rural cliff was on fire, with a flame height of three metres.
“Five fire engines were deployed to the incident – from Workington, Whitehaven, Egremont, Frizington and Keswick alongside the wild fire unit.
“Crews have used a number of hose reel jets and main jets and a large number of beaters to get the fire under control.
“Crews are still in attendance at the scene tackling the last pockets of the fire which is believed to have been started by a discarded cigarette.”
Workington Lifeboat was called out at 23.30 to help monitor the fire from out at sea. A spokesperson said, “We received a request From Cumbria Fire and Rescue for help in assessing a large fire on St Bees South Head.
“LifeBoat Dorothy May White was launched on service with a crew of 6 to rendezvous with Cumbria Fire and Rescue at Whitehaven.
“Two persons from Cumbria Fire Service were collected from Whitehaven. We proceeded to the South Head area. On Arrival the Fire Service Personnel made their assessment and were returned to Whitehaven at 01.00 hrs.”
- The headland was still smouldering this morning. Heavy rain is forecast overnight.
- St Bees Head is a RSPB reserve. The coastal site provides a home for thousands of seabirds. The birds include kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, puffins, shags and herring gulls.