Marsden Moor fire ‘started by barbecue’

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The fire on Marsden Moor broke out on SundayImage copyright @yorkshirepudd15
Image caption A fire broke out on Marsden Moor on Sunday evening

A second blaze has broken out on moorland in West Yorkshire on one of the hottest days of the year.

The fire at Marsden Moor started on Sunday and was “likely” caused by a barbecue at Easter Gate, the National Trust said.

It has now spread to Denshaw in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester.

Firefighters also remain on Ilkley Moor dampening down a blaze which spread over 25,000 sq metres on Saturday. Three men have been arrested.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted that people were still being seen lighting barbecues on Ilkley Moor.

It said it was working with police and Bradford Council to deal with the issue.

Image caption Smoke can be seen coming from the Marsden fire for miles around

The National Trust said the Marsden fire, which started at about 19:00 BST, was the sixth on its moorland this year and covers about 3 sq km of land.

The last significant fire was on 27 February, with four separate smaller fires reported since.

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Image caption Fire crews were at the scene near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, overnight
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Image caption Firefighters remain on Ilkley Moor on Monday

The trust’s Marsden branch said the moor was a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation due to the ground-nesting bird population and blanket bog habitat.

It said a helicopter had been deployed since 09:00 BST to take water from nearby reservoirs to the fire.

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Image caption The fire above Ilkley Moor started on Saturday afternoon
Image caption Firefighters from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester were at the scene at Marsden Moor

“At present it is estimated that an investment of more than £200,000 in restoring this special habitat has been lost,” the trust said.

“The deployment of the helicopter itself costs the trust, a conservation charity, £2,000 per hour.

“We’re devastated to see the destruction caused. Please help us protect the moors and wildlife by calling the fire brigade immediately if you spot any signs of fire.”

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Image caption Another fire has broken out near Arnfield Reservoir in Derbyshire

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is assisting West Yorkshire firefighters at Marsden and also helping Derbyshire crews tackle a fire near Arnfield Reservoir in Glossop.

It said on its Facebook page: “If you live around Stalybridge, Oldham or Rochdale and can smell the smoke please keep windows and doors shut as a precaution.”

Bradford Council is warning people to stay away from Marsden Moor while the fire is being dealt with.

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