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Firefighters bring Longridge Fell woodland fire under control

Posted on - 1st June, 2020 - 6:38pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Preston News
Drone footage showing the smoke plume at Longridge Fell Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Drone footage showing the smoke plume at Longridge Fell Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters have brought the woodland fire on Longridge Fell under control.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had 10 crews at the fire in Dutton, between Preston and Longridge, since shortly before 2pm on Sunday (31 May).

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “The fire has been largely extinguished.

“We have nine fire engines at the scene at the moment and crews will be damping down for the rest of the day.”

The fire service has spent since Saturday afternoon battling moorland and woodland fires at both Darwen Moor, which is still burning, and at Longridge.

Lancashire’s chief fire officer Justin Johnson said they believe both fires were started by disposable barbecues which became out of control.

The fire service on Longridge Fell say they have discovered the charred remains of a number of barbecues and fires while fighting the fire near Old Clitheroe Road.

What the fire service discovered while working near Longridge Fell Pic: Lancashire Fire Service
What the fire service discovered while working near Longridge Fell Pic: Lancashire Fire Service

A spokeswoman said: “We have come across evidence of several campfires although these are not responsible for starting this fire. Firefighters have been working closely the landowners and their help has been invaluable.”

Meanwhile at Darwen Moor the fire service is appealing for the public to stay away, particularly drone enthusiasts.

A statement from the fire service said: “We have had reports that there is a drone flying above Darwen moor. This is making it too dangerous for the helicopters to fly which are helping us extinguish the fire. Please avoid the area and keep drones away from the scene for the safety of yourself and others.”

Read more: Crowdfunding appeal launches to keep firefighters stocked with water and food while fighting moorland fires

While a warning was issued by Lancashire Police that anyone starting fires deliberately or having irresponsible barbecues faces prosecution.

The warning came after footage was passed to the fire service of youngsters setting light to grass in Worden Park, Leyland, during Sunday (31 May).

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