Crews’ appeal to take care in the countryside

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FRESH appeals to take care in the countryside have been made after scores of firefighters were called to deal with blazes raging across moorland.

Teams from Elland, Odsal and Marsden were sent to moorland off Pike End Road in Rishworth just before 8.30pm on Monday where 1,000 square metres of land was alight.

Earlier in the evening, crews from Halifax, Illingworth and Todmorden had been out to Ogden Moor off Withens Road in Wainstalls.

They spent around three hours putting out the flames which spread to 100 square metres of the moor.

Firefighters say moor fires can be difficult to tackle because they are often in inaccessible locations for fire appliances and there is little or no water supply. They also often burn quickly and ferociously, especially driven by strong winds, and can be unpredictable, causing dangerous conditions for crews.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has three specialist wildfire units to deal with moor fires, based in Todmorden, Keighley and Holmfirth, which carry a variety of high-tech lightweight equipment.

The service’s advice includes never throw lighted cigarette ends out of the window of vehicles or train, clear up and take rubbish home after picnics and never be tempted to light a fire in the countryside and only barbecue in authorised areas.