Six Lancashire fire crews mobilised after another wildfire breaks out overnight

Six fire engines were deployed overnight after another wildfire broke out on Lancashire's moorland.

Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 10:05 am

Fire crews from Preston, Hyndburn, Blackburn, Darwen and Bacup were mobilised after a huge grass fire broke out on moorland near Grane Road in Haslingden at around 11pm (June 2).

Firefighters rushed to the scene and spent the night tackling the fire with hose reels and specialist vehicles.

This morning, two fire engines remain at the scene along with a Hagglund vehicle as crews continue damping down hot spots.

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Firefighters were called to a wildfire in Haslingden overnight. Credit: Stewart Molloy

Fire chiefs say the cause of the fire has not yet been established, but an investigation is currently taking place.

A fire service spokesman said: "Two fire engines remain at this incident along with a Hagglund vehicle to continue damping down hot spots.

"Firefighters were assisted by agricultural vehicles and mountain rescue teams provided logistical support.

"An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway."

A farmer damping down the scorched moorland with a tractor equipped with a water tank. Credit: Stewart Molloy

It is the third large wildfire that Lancashire's fire service has had to contend with over the past few days.

Wildfires at Darwen Moor and and Longridge Fell are now under control, but fire crews remain at both sites this morning (June 3).

Four engines were stationed at Longridge Fell overnight to keep a watching brief before efforts resumed this morning to dampen down hot spots.

Three engines also remain at Darwen Moor this morning. Footage of the firefighting efforts during the peak of the moorland blaze can be seen in the video provided above.