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Cash to tackle countryside fires

An initiative to tackle potentially devastating countryside fires in Cumbria has been given a cash boost.

The county's Wildfires Group was set up by the county council and the fire and rescue service.

As well as fighting the fires, which could damage huge swathes of land and habitats, it aims to reduce the risk.

The group has now been given a 15,000 grant from the Lake District National Park Authority's sustainable development fund.

The Wildfire Group's members have different levels of expertise, including fire fighting, protecting the moorland, and managing controlled burning.

Co-ordinator Clive Wickham said: "We are at increasing risk of great fire damage to vast areas, particularly with longer, drier and hotter summers predicted.

"We obviously need an effective network in place to deal with these very real and dangerous hazards."

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