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Safety warnings following moorland blaze

Following a large fire on Marsden Moor yesterday (26th February) West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding the public of some important safety tips. Several crews, along with colleagues from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, were called to the area last night where they found a large fire had taken hold, and worked through the night to extinguish it.

Wildfire Lead at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service Dale Gardiner said “While we have not yet determined a cause of the fire, this is amongst the biggest moorland fires we have had to deal with in recent years. Wildfires are not generally common in February, so the above average weather conditions has elevated the wildfire risk across the county. Generally the summer  months are our busiest times for wildfire, however due to the warmth we’re experiencing now, we feel it’s a good idea to remind the public of some steps they can take to stop this sort of thing happening.”

To prevent the cause or spread of further fires West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding the public of some steps they can take to keep our countryside safe.

  • Clear up and take your rubbish home after picnics
  • Observe all signs and notices- they are there for a reason
  • Follow the National Trust Countryside Code
  • Don’t leave glass bottles- not only can they hurt people and animals, but they can magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire
  • Never be tempted to light a fire in the countryside and only barbeque in authorised areas
  • Never throw lighted cigarette ends onto the ground or out of the window of vehicles or trains. Always ensure that they are completely extinguished and disposed of responsibly.