A major fire broke out near Lowca
A major fire broke out earlier today (28th May) near to the railway at Lowca, Visit Whitehaven has learnt.
Whitehaven Fire Station wrote on Facebook:
“Workington’s whole time appliance, both Whitehaven appliances and a separate specialist wildfire vehicle were mobilised to reports of a large fire in the open by the railway line near Lowca.
“Nearly 20 firefighters were detained for 3 hours fighting the fire, using 3 hosereel jets and other specialist wildfire equipment to bring the fire to a successful conclusion. Over 10,000 sq metres of grassland was affected
“The origins of the fire are being treated as suspicious and police are investigating this incident, anyone with any further information are asked to contact the police locally.
“Wildfires are physically exhausting for crews and strip the fire cover away from where it might be needed. The police will prosecute anyone found to be maliciously lighting fires.