Major incident declared due to Longridge Fell and Darwen Moor fires

A major emergency has been declared after a tree plantation caught fire at Longridge Fell and continued wildfires on Darwen Moor.

Sunday, 31st May 2020, 5:06 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st May 2020, 6:27 pm

Ten fire engines are in attendance at Longridge Fell after being called just before 2pm and eight engines are still at Darwen Moor after the fire was first reported yesterday evening

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) said the Longridge Fell fire involved a tree plantation at Old Clitheroe Road, Dutton, Preston.

Around 50 firefighters and eight engines are at the fires on Darwen Moor along with a number of wildfire teams, an air support unit and specialist appliances.

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The fire was affecting approximately three miles of moorland.

At the Longridge Fell fire, ten engines have been sent to the incident with more than 60 firefighters at the scene.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief fire officer Justin Johnston said it was ‘more than likely’ the Darwen Moor fire was started by a disposable barbecue which was found near where the blaze started.

In response to the fires, he said on Twitter: “In the winter I have a dim view of anything other than organised fireworks displays because I see the effects.

Longridge Fell fire Credit: Mark Ashmore

“Likewise in the summer I dislike disposable barbecues in public spaces. Time for change?”

A LFRS spokesman said: "If you’re nearby and affected by smoke, please stay indoors and keep your windows and doors closed.

"Please avoid the area."

A tree plantation has caught fire Credit: Mark Ashmore
Ten fire engines have been called to the incident Credit: Mark Ashmore