Fire Crews Battle Headland Fire

Douglas, Laxey, Ramsey, Kirk Michael, and Rushen Crews were mobilised by the Emergency Services Joint Control Room to multiple reports of a wildfire on the headland at Groudle on Thursday evening. 

Initial information suggested the fire was spreading due to windy conditions, Crews setup a water relay and lighting system using multiple pumps and an inflatable dam to ferry water to the scene of operations.

Firefighters were deployed above the headland, onto the challenging terrain of the headland, and to the beach below to stop the fire from spreading, it took over 25,000 litres of water to extinguish the blaze.  It is unknown how the fire started. 

Crews were in attendance for approximately five hours, damping down hot spots.

Gorse/Grass fires spread very fast so if you see dry grass smouldering, please call 999 and report it immediately so that we can deal with it and stop it from spreading.

Prevention Tips:

– Don’t drop cigarettes or anything that is burning on dry ground.

– Don’t drop cigarettes out of car windows, they may land on dry grass by the roadside.

– Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas, never leave them unattended and have a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergency use.

– Make sure you dispose of any barbecues correctly, they should be fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents.

– Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended.