TEENAGERS have been blamed for rolling hay bales into a wood before setting them alight.
Firefighters from Seaham were called to land at the back of Dalden Tower and off The Graham Way in the town at 6.30pm yesterday after reports of a blaze.
Groups of young people were in the area at the time and police were called to help deal with the incident.
The crew initially tried to use special tools to allow the heat to burn through the hay, but then opted to use a hose reel and water to put out the fires.
The officers spent three hours at the scene.
The blazes follow a similar incident in a nearby field on Saturday.