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Crews to battle Longridge Fell fire as miles of forest destroyed

Written by on June 1, 2020

Firefighters are continuing their fight against a fire in Longridge Fell.

Ten fire engines and more than 60 firefighters were sent to the scene of the fire involving a tree plantation at Old Clitheroe Road in Dutton, Preston, at around 2pm yesterday (May 31).

Firefighters used water bowsers and jets to bring the fire under control, but the fire had already grown to a significant size and sent plumes of smoke billowing into the air.

Miles of forest has been destroyed in the incident

Multiple specialist vehicles have been in use to help get water to the blaze.

Residents were urged to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed.

Crews remain at the scene

Five fire engines have remained at the scene overnight and are continuing with firefighting today (June 1).

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and 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., Preston. Firefighters are using water bowsers and jets to bring the fire under control.”

A spokesperson later added: “Multiple specialist vehicles have been in use at this incident to relay water to the fire.

“Five fire engines will remain there over night until firefighting can resume in full at first light.”

Ten fire engines will be attending this morning in an effort to stop the fire, it has been confirmed.

The fire service said: “Firefighters at the Longridge fell fire have kept a watching brief overnight. This morning, the number of fire engines at the scene will increase from five to ten. Please look after the moors.”

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