Rothbury wildfire pilot is the first in UK

A scheme which will see an automatic detection system for wildfires is to be piloted near Rothbury.

Northumberland National Park is working with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and TMS Europe to trial the system on the Debdon Hills, near Rothbury, overlooking the Simonside special area of conservation, which is designated for high-level protection.

The system uses infrared technology to detect fires which then triggers an alarm and response.

Andrew Miller, head of programmes and conservation for the National Park Authority, said: “The fire and rescue service has been working with us and other key agencies, farmers and gamekeepers for several years. Anything we can do to make their service to people, businesses and the natural environment in the upland areas more efficient and cost-effective is a good investment.”