Crews tackle fire the size of a football pitch at Shropshire nature reserve

Fire crews spent nearly two-and-a-half hours tackling a blaze the size of a football pitch at a nature reserve this morning.

The fire at Catherton Common in Hopton Wafers, near Cleobury Mortimer, covered an area 100m by 50m.

Crews were called at 2.09am and were on the scene until 4.35am.

A Shropshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "Large amount of common on fire. One fire appliance including the Incident Support Unit and the Pinzgauer was mobilised from Cleobury Mortimer and Ludlow. An operations officer was in attendance.

"Crews used a covering jet and a hosereel jet to tackle the fire."

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