DRAMATIC PHOTOS: Firefighters tackle huge moorland blaze

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MORE than 75 firefighters battled a huge moorland blaze yesterday afternoon.

Fifteen crews from across the county were forced to tackle flames 10ft high after a fire broke out next to Hurstwood Reservoir at 5 p.m.

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Beaters and extinguishers were used to get the blaze under control while the Softrak vehicle, a purpose built fire engine, designed to tackle fires in more difficult terrains, was also utilised.

The fire was eventually put out at 8-15 p.m. and an investigation has been launched into how it was started.

Area manager Michael Barke, officer in charge, said: “Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of all those involved, we were able to put this fire out safely before daylight faded. Moorland fires are difficult to predict and ardous to tackle but the crews did a marvellous job of bringing it under control and getting it out.

“Recent weeks have been very dry, and while it’s always difficult in these cases to establish the cause of a fire, I would urge the public to take extra care in disposing of cigarettes, barbeque materials and any litter such as glass which could ignite a fire in moorland areas.”

A small team has returned today to make sure there is no risk of re-ignition.