Update: Huge moorland fire covered one mile

Todmorden moorland blaze
Todmorden moorland blaze

Firefighters were today(Tue) trying to determine the cause of last night’s huge moorland fire at Walsden Moor, Hollingworth Lane, Todmorden.

Todmorden watch commander Carl Fielden said his crew would be going up to the scene again but the cause is likely to be classed as accidental.

“It was very dry on the moor,” he said.

“With no witnesses it will be very had to find a cause when the fire was so big.”

The Todmorden crew was mobilised at 6.26 pm and quickly called for back-up.

Six pumps attended including crews from Mytholmroyd and Greater Manchester.

An all-terrain vehicle, leaf blowers and beaters, were used to fight the blaze.

“We were lucky really with the way the wind was blowing and left the scene around 10 pm,” said commander Fielden.

This photograph was submitted by reader Graham Franklin.

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