A FIRE on military ranges above Catterick Garrison is believed to have been caused by an army flare.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called out at 8.38pm on September 17 after reports of the blaze spreading across part of the ranges.

Crews from Colburn and Richmond attended the blaze initially with the Leyburn appliance following on for back up with water supplies.

Damage was confined to an area of around 30 metres by 30 metres, by fire crews who used hose reels and breathing apparatus.

Crews said they were told the fire is thought to have been started by a Shamooli, a flare which is attached to a small parachute and which is used by the military to light up large areas.

It's understood the flare had been fired as part of a night exercise on the ranges which are used by soldiers at Catterick for training.

On Sunday September 20 a crew from Malton was called out after a two vehicle road traffic collision at Norton and following reports that an injured woman was trapped inside a vehicle.

Officers used hydraulic cutting gear to take off the roof of the vehicle and help the woman out of the car. She was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.