Safety warnings issued as fire crews tackle region's wildfires

A safety warning has been issued after a number of wildfires broke out across the region after weeks of dry weather.

The first fire was reported at the popular visitor attraction Whinlatter Forest Park, near Keswick, on Friday morning.

There were nine fire engines in attendance dealing with the wildfire in open scrub land, which is believed to have damaged around 60,000sqm of forest.

Helicopters were used to dump water on the flames from the skies.

Emergency services asked drivers to avoid nearby roads and people are urged to stay away from the area.

Forestry England has urged visitors to protect Whinlatter by avoiding lighting BBQs or fires as the area is currently high risk. It is unclear how the blaze started at this time.

In Thirlmere, in the Lake District, fire crews from Keswick, Penrith and Ambleside say they worked quickly to prevent a wildfire that broke out being a 'major incident' on Sunday.

Elsewhere, crews were also called to a large fire in Carlisle which was brought under control on Friday evening.

It broke out on the city's Willowholme Industrial Estate behind the Cumberland Infirmary. Seven fire engines went to the scene.

Firefighters in Dumfries have warned of the dangers of setting fires after several were started in the Summerhill area.

Police are investigating and say extra patrols are taking place to deter those involved. Officers say incidents are taken very seriously and those responsible may be charged.