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.
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.