Firefighters’ plea to take care after moor fire near Halifax

Moor fire off Lumb Lane in Wainstalls. Photo by Andy Delaney of Mount Tabor

Moor fire off Lumb Lane in Wainstalls. Photo by Andy Delaney of Mount Tabor

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FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to take care to avoid further fires like this one in Wainstalls.

They say predictions of a dry and warm June and July will put moorland across Calderdale at high risk of blazes.

As reported by the Courier, 40 firefighters were needed to deal with the blaze off Lumb Lane in Wainstalls on Sunday night.

They spent five hours battling the flames, which damaged a square mile of land.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Robin Ward, lead fire office for West Yorkshire and station commander for Illingworth, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd, said: “Even though it has rain and the ground was quite wet, the vegetation on top has quickly dried. Once the fire has lit, with that sort of prevailing wind and dry vegetation, it has burned quickly.”

With more dry weather forecast and more people out on the moorland, he urged people to take steps to prevent more blazes.

“I’d ask people to be careful on the moors,” he said.

He asked people to take care when using disposable barbecues, which can stay hot for up to two hours after cooking, and to safely dispose of them.

He urged people not to throw lighted cigarette ends out of the windows of vehicles and to carefully dispose of them.

West Yorkshire Fire Service also ask people to clear up and take their litter home after picnics and not to leave glass bottles as they can not only hurt people and animals, but can magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire.

Anyone who notices anything suspicious on the moors can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or contact Moorwatch via www.moorwatch.com,