Mile-long fires on Marsden Moor turns night sky orange

Two men take a photo of the fire as it spreads across the Marsden Moor in West Yorkshire (Picture: Matt Wilkinson / Stella Pictures)

Shocking pictures show a huge fire turning the night sky orange as it rips through Marsden Moor.

Firefighters said they were battling two lines of fire, each measuring a mile long, on the moor near Huddersfield.

It is the second fire to erupt in the area in a matter of days, prompting a reminder that fires, barbecues and fireworks are all banned on the moor.

Around 60 firefighters were sent to the blaze after it broke yesterday afternoon and remained on the scene overnight.

A previous fire erupted on Pule Hill last Friday.

The National Trust manages the moor and issued a statement saying it is very ‘vulnerable to fires’ after a long period of dry weather.

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A woman takes a photo on her mobile phone of a moorland fire by Cupwith Reservoir on Marsden Moor near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire on the evening of 23 March 2022. Fire crews from West Yorkshire have been tackling the blaze since mid afternoon.  Picture by Matt Wilkinson / Stella Pictures Ltd 07814 960751

The night sky was turned orange by the mile-long flames (Picture: Matt Wilkinson / Stella Pictures)

Smoke and flames rise into the air above Marsden Moor West Yorkshire, as firefighters attend the second fire to hit the area in less than a week.  The blaze began this afternoon, Wednesday 23 March 2022.

Firefighters battled the moorland blaze overnight (Picture: Asadour Guzelian)

Smoke and flames rise into the air above Marsden Moor West Yorkshire, as the second fire rages in the area in less than a week.  The blaze began this afternoon, Wednesday 23 March 2022.

Smoke and flames rise into the air above Marsden Moor in West Yorkshire (Picture: Asadour Guzelian)

‘The fire risk is high during spring and summer,’ a spokesperson said.

‘If you see someone using a BBQ or a fire on the moor, call 999 and ask for FIRE.’

Anyone who starts a fire on the moors faces a fine and even a prison sentence.

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