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27-02-19

NFCC response to Marsden Moor wildfire

Following the wildfire at Marsden Moor which had seen more than 40 firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in attendance, the National Fire Chiefs Council has warned people to take care during this spell of unsually warm weather. 

The 1.5 sq km fire is now thought to be under control. This fire echos the wildfires which happened last summer, which saw a joined-up, coordinated approach from fire services across the country. While this fire has not needed this response, National Resilience is on hand to ensure the right people, assets and equipment can be mobilised. 

The public are urged to dispose of any rubbish responsibility, avoid using disposable barbecues unless in properly designated areas, ensure cigarettes are properly extinguished and take care with any other items which could be flammable.

Five fire engines and two specialist moorland firefighting units will remain at the scene for most of the day. This is to  tackle any remaining hotspots.

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