Fire crews battle blaze on moorland

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FIREFIGHTERS from a military base in a North Yorkshire national park were drafted in to help contain a moorland blaze.

The crew from RAF Fylingdales worked alongside civilian firefighters to deal with the blaze which had started near the famous air base that stands high on the uplands of the North York Moors National Park between Pickering and Whitby.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s own crews from Robin Hood’s Bay, Goathland, Scarborough and Whitby were also called out after the blaze started at about 4.30pm on Saturday.

A brigade spokesman confirmed nearly an acre of heathland had been destroyed. Crews revisited the site yesterday morning to ensure that the blaze was not in danger of sparking up again.

More than 600 acres of Fylingdales Moor was destroyed in 2003 in a blaze which burnt for six days as every fire appliance in the county was deployed to contain the flames. That fire was the most serious blaze on the moors since 1976.