Marsden Moor between Slaithwaite and Marsden is on fire for the second time in a week. The National Trust own the site warned that the peatland is dry during the current warm spell and has begged visitors to not use barbecues or other forms of naked flame.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have headed to the scene with National Trust Ranger to try to extinguish the blaze. Marsden Moor’s official Twitter page issued a warning to anyone heading to the area tweeting: “At the moment, the area is very vulnerable to fires after a long period of dry weather.
“Please never bring BBQs, campfires, or fireworks onto the moors. You could face a fine or even a prison sentence.”
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue released a statement saying: “We have 6 fire appliances in attendance at a moorland fire near to Cupwith Reservoir in Huddersfield.
“Crews are tackling two lines of fire – each are one mile in length. 4 blowers, 10 beaters, 1 major pump into open water and two wildfire vehicles are in use.
“We are also being supported by 6 pumps and 2 wildfire units from Greater Manchester FRS.”
There was a large fire on the moor on Friday and smaller ones started by disposable barbecues were dealt with before they could spread.
The National Trust said: “We’re aware of a fire on Marsden Moor, near Cup with Reservoir. The fire service and NT rangers are in attendance.
“At the moment, the area is very vulnerable to fires after a long period of dry weather. Please never bring BBQs, campfires, or fireworks onto the moors. You could face a fine or even a prison sentence.”
Last year firefighters fought a “one-mile” fire. Ten fire engines plus two specialist wildlife units were sent to the scene with road closures in place.
More to follow…
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