Nuisance fires continue in west Cumbria

Cumbria fire and rescue service are warning of the dangers of nuisance fires after a dramatic rise in incidents across the county.

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Warning after spate of west Cumbrian nuisance fires

People are being warned about the dangers associated with nuisance fires, following a spate of incidents in the west Cumbria.

Firefighters in in the county have attended around 50 incidents over the past week.

The grass and rubbish incidents were deliberately set off in Frizington, Workington, Cleator Moor, Seaton and Maryport.

Firefighters from Cumbria County Council's Fire and Rescue Service are warning the public that these 'nuisance fires' can put lives at risk:

"These fires are putting lives in danger and I'd urge anybody considering creating a blaze of this nature to think of the potentially fatal consequences of their wreckless actions.

"Dealing with so many avoidable incidents over the weekend really stretched our resources and meant that we were needlessly tied up rather than being available for more serious emergencies.

"Deliberate fires, particularly those involving grass and gorse, can spread rapidly and quickly get out of control endangering lives and property."

– Adrian Holme, Station manager, Cockermouth, Keswick, Wigton and Workington fire stations

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