Visitors warned after Siddick Ponds nature reserve fire

Fire at Siddick Ponds Firefighters had to pump water from the ponds when tackling Tuesday's blaze

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Visitors are being warned not to walk on exposed reed beds at Siddick Ponds Nature Reserve after a fire damaged the area.

There is a danger walkers could fall through areas badly hit by Tuesday's blaze, Allerdale Borough Council said.

Councillor Michael Heaslip said there was a risk people could get stuck below the surface.

"We are encouraging everyone to stay on the paths and away from the reed beds for their own safety," he said.

The fire on the outskirts of Workington is believed to have been started deliberately.

The reserve is home to dozens of bird species and is visited by migrating bitterns.

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