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Smoke from huge Darwen moorland fire visible from Preston

Posted on - 31st May, 2020 - 3:21pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Darwen fire visible from Warton Pic: @marksmcneill
Darwen fire visible from Warton Pic: @marksmcneill

Smoke from a huge Darwen moorland fire is visible from Preston.

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Eight fire engines along with wildfire teams and specialist appliances have been battling the blaze.

The fire, which is thought to have been started by a disposable barbecue, is affecting approximately 5km of moorland.

Preston firefighters from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are on the scene along with crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

A statement from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Please avoid the area, particularly trails along the Witton Weaver’s Way. Road closures are in place including Turton Road. Travelling to the scene by vehicle, bike or on foot, may block access for emergency vehicles and hamper our response.

“If you’re nearby and affected by smoke, stay indoors and keep your windows and doors closed.”

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