WILDFIRES over the Easter weekend have been safely extinguished, crews say.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service attended the area near Trough End Farm, Bellingham on Saturday evening.

On social media, the crew said five fire engines were in attendance and wildfire support was required for further support.

Meanwhile, Coun. Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South, has spoken out on the dangers after a grass fire was reported in the town at the start of the week.

He said: “I appreciate that people are eager to get out into our beautiful countryside at the moment, but there have been a number of incidents over the last couple of weeks when the police and fire service have had to attend.

“Various small camp fires have been left smouldering in locations along the banks of the River Tyne, and reports have been received of fires in the woods south of the new Prudhoe retail park.

“It would appear that these are not malicious fires, but left by people oblivious to the risks to the nature, wildlife, property and possibly people.

"I would ask people not to light such fires, particularly at this time when the areas are so dry.”