Firefighters tackle potentially 'deliberate' two-and-a-half-mile-wide wildfire near Bacup farm

Fire crews have been battling a two-and-a-half-mile-wide wildfire which may have been started deliberately near a farm in Bacup.

Firefighters have been at the scene of a two-and-a-half-mile-wide wildfire near Deansgrave Farm in Bacup since around midday today (April 17).

A Hagglund, an emergency service vehicle which is capable of crossing all-terrain, and Lancashire Fire and Rescue's Wildlife Burn Team have been deployed to tackle the fire.

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It is believed the fire may have been started deliberately, according to the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Shaun Walton, Group Manager of Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service, said: "We are making good progress at the Bacup wildfire and are now damping down hotspots whilst managing a control line from an anchor point.

"Another potential deliberate wildfire with environmental impact."

Members of the public have been asked to avoid the area.

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Fire crews have been battling a two-and-a-half-mile wide wildfire near Deansgrave Farm. (Photo by Shaun Walton)
Members of the public have been asked to avoid the area. (Photo by Shaun Walton)
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AHagglund has been deployed to tackle the fire. (Photo by Shaun Walton)