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Fire crews called out again to help tackle Otterburn blazes

The fires at Otterburn.
The fires at Otterburn.

The Ministry of Defence has once again requested the assistance of fire crews to deal with grassland fires at the Otterburn military ranges.

However, it is believed to be nothing major and the latest call out is to deal with a couple of flare-ups which require assistance.

Smoke from the Otterburn fire, taken from Hauxley Nature Reserve by volunteer warden Tim Mason.

Smoke from the Otterburn fire, taken from Hauxley Nature Reserve by volunteer warden Tim Mason.

Updating residents on his Facebook page, Rothbury county councillor Steven Bridgett posted this morning: ‘I have just spoken with the Chief Fire Officer of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

‘He informs me that the Ministry of Defence has requested the assistance of the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service in dealing with the fire on the ranges this morning.

‘It is believed to be nothing major, just another couple of flare-ups that require assistance in dampening down.

‘Bellingham fire engine and fogging unit are on site, along with Haltwhistle.

‘As long as the dry weather continues over the next few weeks, we expect to see further flare-ups.

‘Some of these will require the assistance of the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and some the Ministry of Defence will be able to take care of on their own.’

The fires started on the Otterburn ranges last week.