'High risk' areas in Calderdale to be checked in wake of Saddleworth Moor fire

The fire on Saddleworth Moor
The fire on Saddleworth Moor

In the wake of the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, Calderdale Council is taking extra precautions in the borough and monitoring high risk areas.

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Residents are being reminded to take care when out and about in moorlands around Calderdale and West Yorkshire.

Due to the recent spell of warm, dry weather there is currently a higher risk of wildfire spreading across the UK countryside, and on moorland in particular.

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Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, Councillor Susan Press, said:“ We are taking the risk of moorland fires in Calderdale very seriously, particularly during this prolonged period of hot weather and given the close proximity of the borough to Saddleworth.

“As the risk is very high at the moment we will be working closely with our partners, including West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to identify areas at increased risk.

"Our Community Safety Wardens will also be visiting vulnerable sites to spot any potential issues and voluntary groups in the borough are assisting with these checks as additional eyes and ears on the ground.

"Our thoughts ar e with people living near Saddleworth Moor and emergency crews tackling the blaze in terrible conditions.

“In order to prevent moorland fires, prevention activities have been taking place in Calderdale over the last few months. This has included visits to landowners from the Police, Fire and Council officers warning of the dangers of fires and also the penalties for starting fires.

"Signage has also been in place to warn people of potential dangers and give advice on what to do if people see any problems on the moors.”

In order to stay safe and help protect the countryside, residents and visitors should be aware of the following rules when visiting rural and moorland areas: