Miles of forest destroyed in Longridge Fell fire
Written by Skywave Radio News on May 31, 2020
A significant portion of forest land has been destroyed already in a fire at Longridge Fell this evening (May 31).
More than 60 firefighters have been called to tackle the blaze, which has sent plumes of smoke billowing into the air.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue were at called to a tree plantation on Old Clitheroe Road, Dutton, at around 2pm.
By this point, the fire had already grown to a significant size.
Crews have also been busy battling a fire in Darwen Moor this weekend.
As of 5.30pm, 10 engines had been called to the scene, but damage has already been done to the land in the area.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service said: “Ten fire engines are in attendance at a fire involving a tree plantation on Longridge Fell at Old Clitheroe Road in Dutton, Preston.
“Firefighters are using water bowsers and jets to bring the fire under control.
“If you’re nearby and affected by smoke, please stay indoors and keep your windows and doors closed.
“Please avoid the area.
Hilary said Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service arrived on the scene after 30 minutes.
She said: “It’s devastated about a mile of forestry in the process. These firefighters are absolute heroes – they have been fighting the fire at Darwen for 12 hours then come here!”
Lancahshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to the county about using barbecues during spells of hot weather.
The incident in Darwen from Saturday evening (May 30) is believed to have been caused by a portable device.
Members of the public have also been advised to avoid the area around Longridge Fell.
Residents nearby have also been told to keep all windows and doors shut while the incident is ongoing.