Dramatic photos show scale of Hayden Bridge forest fire as firefighters dampen down the area

Dramatic photos show the scale of a large forest fire at Haydon Bridge which saw 18 hectares of land catch on fire on Sunday May 31.

By Ryan Smith
Monday, 1st June 2020, 11:17 am
Updated Monday, 1st June 2020, 11:39 am

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that fire crews will be returning to the scene of a large forest fire which took place yesterday (Sunday, May 31).

Firefighters will be “dampening down” the area, just north of Haydon Bridge.

On Sunday six crews from across Northumberland worked to bring the blaze under control.

The fire took place in woodland, just north of Haydon Bridge on Sunday, May 31.

Crews called on support from neighbouring Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue which sent a fire engine to the scene.

At it’s peak the fire covered around 18 hectares of land and woodland.

Firefighters controlled the edges of the burning area using water from a nearby pond, and managed to stop it at a boundary wall.

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The aftermath of the blaze which took seven fire crews to bring under control.

Nearby residents were told to stay away from the area and to keep their windows and doors shut as smoke filled the air.

A tweet, posted last night on the official Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service account said: “Crews have contained the woodland fire north of Haydon Bridge and brought it under control.

“They are leaving the site tonight but a team will return tomorrow morning to monitor and dampen down the area.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known but investigations are expected to start today.

Fire crews will be returning to the scene today (Monday, June 1) to "dampen down" the area.

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