FIREFIGHTERS tackled a major blaze at a National Nature Reserve near Selby yesterday evening.

Six crews from Selby, York, Acomb, Huntington and Tadcaster dealt with the large fire at Skipwith Common.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which received a call about the incident shortly before 5pm, said it was a forest fire measuring approximately 40,000 square metres.

The crews left the scene after three hours.

Eight hosereel jets, beaters, portable backpack sprayers and other equipment were used to put out the fire.

A spokeswoman for the fire service added: "The cause is unknown."